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The Job Support Scheme

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced today that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the Furlough Scheme) will end as planned on 31 October 2020. However, he has provided some much needed relief for employers who have been hard hit by the Coronavirus in announcing the Government’s new initiative to support struggling employers, the Job Support Scheme (the Support Scheme). The stated aim of the Support Scheme is to support viable businesses to retain viable jobs in what will undoubtedly be a continued period of significant economic uncertainty.

Sending in the bailiffs… no longer an option for landlords

On 15 September 2020, the government announced further measures to protect commercial tenants from recovery action by restricting the ability of landlords to recover unpaid rent by utilising the Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery process (“CRAR”).


ACK Media Law

With a shelf full of champagne from people wishing them luck, ACK Media Law’s founders are still ­celebrating their split from Howard Kennedy this ­summer. The firm set up shop in July this year after Susan Aslan (pictured top left), Sue Charles (top right) and Hakan Kousetta (above) left the media and ­entertainment practice at […]


Lord Hunt of Wirral: Mr Right

The Law Society is having a spat with the Solicitors Regulation Authority over its decision to carry out its own regulatory review. But in appointing Lord Hunt of Wirral to do it, at least it’s made a diplomatic choice. Earlier this year Fred Jacobs, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) director of inspection and regulation, met […]


In the badlands

With the number of cross-border disputes set to escalate, in-house counsel have identified China, Russia and the US as the jurisdictions of greatest concern. By Christopher Grierson, with Mark Lin, Yevgeny Perkunov and Edward Schorr As the recent turmoil in the financial markets has shown, markets across the globe are now inextricably interlinked. As such, […]

Good news for… real estate lawyers?

With the increasing number of real estate lawyers losing their jobs, you’d think that recruiters would be banging on every law firm door saying “I’ve got just the person you’re looking for”. But apparently the phone isn’t ringing at Dewey & LeBoeuf, according to one real estate partner there. “I’ve got a good relationship with […]

Wall St Woes: Charlotte web

Fifteen months ago Charlotte, North Carolina was the hot spot for US firms hoping to thrive in structured finance.Times have changed. Dewey & LeBoeuf has just become the latest casualty of the structured finance malaise. Yesterday the firm announced it is to close its 11-lawyer Charlotte office (, 20 October). “Charlotte is booming in corporate, […]

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