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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


Bahl's call for sex equality “superlaw' gathers support

Those who did bother to attend the Bar Council’s AGM found themselves amidst a verbal scuffle surrounding rights of advocacy. Shaun Pye reports. Towards the end of the Bar Council’s AGM last week, a portly, silver-haired gentlemen began to explain how, late in life, he had decided to go to Bar school. He passed his […]

Go ahead for Woolf despite IT delay

Elizabeth Davidson and John Malpas report. THE IT case management system needed to underpin Lord Woolf’s civil justice reforms will not be ready by next April’s start date – but the Government plans to press ahead with the reforms anyway. The hitch was revealed by the Master of the Rolls and his deputy, Vice-Chancellor Sir […]

Universities not to blame

I refer to the letter in The Lawyer, 2 June, which pins the blame for the fact that “there are too many candidates for far too few places” with firms on “schools and universities” advising students to go into law. This seems to me to be an entirely misconceived approach. Pupils from school choose to […]


Barlow Lyde & Gilbert acted for sponsor Hawkpoint Partners on the £138m flotation of Eskmuir Properties

Hammonds talks to Boesebeck Droste

Top five German firm Boesebeck Droste is talking to Hammond Suddards as well as Clifford Chance about an alliance leading to merger, it has emerged. Hammond Suddards has publicly stated that it is talking to potential partners in Germany and France, and it is understood that one of the firms it is talking to is […]

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