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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.


In brief: Visually impaired magistrates appointed

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, announced last week the appointment of the first visually impaired people to serve as magistrates. Lynda Belton, Joseph Carr, Diane Cram and Giles Currie were appointed following a pilot exercise to seek suitable visually impaired candidates for the magistracy.

In brief: Free legal advice at Glastonbury Festival

The Citizenship Foundation and the Law Society are joining forces at the Glastonbury Festival to offer free legal information. A team of eight volunteer solicitors from the Somerset Young Lawyers Group will run the stand and give festival-goers the chance to find out about the law and how it affects them.

In brief: Park Woodfine and Perkins & Tustin merge

Bedford firm Park Woodfine merged with Perkins & Tustin of Northampton on 1 June. The new firm will be known as Park Woodfine incorporating Perkins & Tustin and will have 10 partners and a total staff of 58.


Linklaters advised the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising on its approval of the £2.1bn upgrade of the West Coast Main Line. Denton Hall acted for the Virgin Rail Group. simmons & simmons acted for Railtrack.

Rocher wooed by Clifford Chance

Wilde Sapte’s leading litigator Philip Rocher is believed to be in talks to join Clifford Chance. Neither Clifford Chance nor Wilde Sapte would comment, but it is known that Rocher began looking for a new position when Wilde Sapte formalised talks with Arthur Andersen. His main client is Deloitte & Touche, which has told him […]

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