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What role does HR have in protecting staff in the physical workplace?

An increasing number of businesses are choosing to return to the physical office, whether that be once or twice a week, or full time. Either way, it is vital that employers ensure that the work environment meets the strict health and safety standards necessary in order to avoid outbreaks of COVID-19 amongst staff members. This […]

The end of normal? Law firm survey 2020

Our 2020 law firm survey, developed in association with The Lawyer, reveals many law firms were ill-prepared for the seismic shock from the coronavirus outbreak. The crisis has cast an uncomfortable light on firms with poor financial management or without the necessary technology infrastructure. The pandemic already appears to be widening the gap between law firms, with some now under real pressure.

Covid-19 Update – Coronavirus, domestic abuse and legal action

The difficulties with court listings and the inability to hold hearings in a normal fashion has now been underway for 6 months. The recent guidance set out in ‘The Road Ahead’ shows there is no likelihood of that changing in the near future. This means there has had to be a reconsideration of what delays are acceptable and what reasons are sufficient to delay final decisions being made for children.

The rule of six: Legal obligations on food and drink businesses in England

Whilst we have very quickly become familiar with the “rule of six”, regulations come in to force today placing a further legal obligation on businesses in England that serve food for consumption on the premises to ensure that, save for in limited exceptions, bookings of more than six people are not accepted.

Landlord’s remedies and COVID-19 – has the pendulum swung too far?

As another week draws to a close, in a time when every day seems to bring unexpected – and often unwelcome – news, the landlord community is reeling – albeit perhaps largely in a somewhat unsurprised and resigned fashion. This is due to the latest announcements from the government affecting the commercial landlord and tenant relationship.

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On the trail of the fraudsters

Whether as a witness of fact or as an expert witness, an accountant can be a valuable member of the litigation team. However, concern has been voiced recently that the use of expert witnesses has led to judicial delay and expense. It has also been suggested that some experts have failed to maintain their independence […]

Row over import controls moves to ECJ

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is set to face a challenge in the European Court of Justice to its approach over control provisions designed to regulate the import of pesticides into the UK. Mr Justice Popplewell has referred the case following a challenge mounted by the British Agrochemicals Association which represents 37 members […]

Profession slams disclosure rethink

BOTH arms of the legal profession have hit out at the inclusion of new disclosure rules in the Queen’s Speech claiming they will “undoubtedly unbalance the criminal justice system”. The rules, one of the main points of the new Criminal Procedure and Investigations Bill, will give police and prosecutors more control over evidence which is […]

In the face of public opinion

The Appeal Court 3. The Sun readers 45,000. Their lordships on the bench of the Appeal Court may be unconcerned about being out of kilter with the views of Sun readers. But this was the score after the recent unanimous decision of Lords Justice Neill, Millett and Evans to uphold the £4,000 damages award to […]

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