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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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Herbies advises banks on Barratt rights issue

Herbert Smith has advised Credit Suisse and UBS as joint sponsors, joint bookrunners and placing agents on Barratt Development’s £720m rights issue, which was announced today.

Grand Central transformation

After the turn of the millennium, the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) formed an emerging market of such promise that all ­international firms wanted an office in the region. If not an office of their own then at least ­relationships with established firms based in the ­various countries.

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BPE solicitors

BPE Solicitors hit the headlines in The Lawyer ­earlier this year (15 June) when it closed the ­Birmingham office it had opened in more prosperous times seven years previously.

Czech Republic

With new entrants to the market in the past 12 months and an economy holding up better than its neighbours, the Czech Republic is fertile ground for lawyers.

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