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COVID-19: Where now for Employment Tribunals?

Recent reforms to the Employment Tribunal system and a move towards virtual hearings are intended to boost hearing capacity and access to justice. We consider the developments to the pre-existing approach and what this means for employers. Justice in slow motion?

Winding up petitions: High Court guidance

Regulations laid before Parliament yesterday seek to extend the current restrictions on the presentation of winding up petitions to 31 December 2020. However, there will inevitably come a time when these temporary restrictions are lifted.

Covid-19 guidance for courts in Northern Ireland – Civil Actions

On 23 September, the Lord Chief Justice’s Office issued Covid-19 Guidance for Civil Actions which applies to all civil actions in the High Court and County Court from 1 October 2020. This Guidance is an attempt by the Office of the Lord Chief Justice to have the civil courts undertake as much business as possible during the pandemic.

Running a charity at a time of crisis: reputation management tips for the third sector

Charities are undoubtedly invaluable to society, but regardless of their admirable aims, they are not immune to experiencing a crisis. This fact has come sharply into view amid the coronavirus pandemic, with charities currently experiencing , caused primarily by a drop in donations. This financial hit has left charities especially vulnerable, leaving the door open for mistakes and wrong decisions to be made. But there are steps you can take before and during a crisis to shield against reputational fallout

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Firms gain as regional press M&As continue

A RASH of mergers and acquisitions in the regional press has signalled a boom in work for regulatory and competition lawyers. Brussels-based Herbert Smith partner Craig Pouncey is advising Newsquest in its takeover talks with Portsmouth and Sunderland Newspapers (PSN). The proposed takeover has been referred to the Monopoly & Mergers Commission (MMC), which is […]

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Want more profit? For many, cost-cutting is the favourite route. Is it easy? Yes. Sustainable? No, apart from an initial one-off benefit. Leverage is the fastest route. Firms that pride themselves on a partner-led work culture will become poor firms (relatively speaking). But leverage is expensive to maintain and if under-used is also the quickest […]

Herbert Smith wins High Court battle against Inland Revenue

Herbert Smith senior partner Edward Walker-Arnott has won a major test case victory in a battle with the Inland Revenue. Walker-Arnott represented himself and the firm’s other partners as taxpayers in a two-and-a-half day hearing at the High Court. The case concerned how tax relief on £5m losses, from leases which the firm was left […]

Freshfields hit by £1m claim for negligence

FRESHFIELDS is being sued for more than £1m for alleged negligence. Frizzell Financial Services has issued a writ against the firm claiming breach of contract and negligence. It is the second writ to be issued against Freshfields in less than a fortnight. Reuters is also suing the firm – for alleged breach of duty, as […]

Mansfield accuses Irvine of 'paying lip service' to reform

MICHAEL Mansfield QC, the high profile criminal barrister acting for the family of murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence, has launched a scathing attack on the legal profession. He also claims the Lord Chancellor is not up to the job of reforming it. Mansfield made his comments at a discussion held after the performance of a […]

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