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Can UK employers claim the furlough grant while employees are on notice? Clarity is required.

Notice Pay during Furlough Leave The latest Treasury Direction for the furlough scheme, updated on 26 June 2020, could modify the effect of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. New wording at paragraph 2.2 may be interpreted to suggest that notice pay cannot be claimed through the scheme. With retrospective application, employers require clarification from HMRC […]


Court holds appeal

Lordy, what a party. Simmons & Simmons might not know how to hang on to the MoD as a client, but it sure knows how to pull the trigger on a good bash. The Royal Courts of Justice was the venue for the 9 March soiree in celebration of Simmons’ 110th birthday. Yes, Tulkinghorn thought […]

Aldridge Parker relaunches without Aldridge

Helen Parker, one of the founding partners of employment boutique Aldridge Parker and previously a partner at Bird & Bird, has launched a new niche employment and business immigration practice called Parker & Co. The move follows Parker’s split earlier this year with former partner Corinne Aldridge, with whom she founded Aldridge Parker. Aldridge joined […]

Separated at birth

Is it just a coincidence that a corporate finance star who goes by the name of ‘Colin Davenport’ has decided to join a Manchester firm called ‘Berg’ Legal? A strange similarity of face, a four-letter word beginning with ‘B’? How many clues do you need? “My fellow Manchesterians,” said Davenport (allegedly) on joining, “we look […]

Suffragette city

Only a few firms are addressing the gender imbalance that exists at equity partner level. Catrin Griffiths reports on why Pannones tops the table for female partners As with motherhood and apple pie, it is impossible to find a firm that is against the idea of having more senior female lawyers. Yet while the number […]

Not shy, but retiring

It’s tough being a complaints commissioner. The Bar Council’s man, Michael Scott, has just retired after nine years, and he made sure he went out with a bang. Scott has slammed the Law Society, the Government and, best of all, he chose to print a choice selection of the friendly comments he’s received while on […]

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