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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”).


Couderts appoints tax expert as it targets UK funds work

US-BASED international firm Coudert Brothers has taken the first step in building a UK tax and funds practice by hiring Clifford Chance tax specialist James Benger. Articled at Clifford Turner (now Clifford Chance), Benger spent eight years with the firm before joining Couderts London office this month. He is concentrating on structuring on- and off-shore […]

He who pays the piper calls the tune

The refrain of the new legal aid tune consists of the phrases “block funding” and “cash limiting”- learn these words. The practice geared up to this new world will be franchised, contracted to a local Legal Aid Board office, and will operate to monitor quality standards. It may work with or refer work to other […]

In brief: Clyde & Co settles harassment claim

City law firm Clyde & Co has agreed to pay a u20,000 out-of-court settlement to its former marketing manager, following claims she was sexually harassed by a partner. The firm settled with Julie-Anne Wildman who alleges she was harassed by her former lover, married senior litigation partner Christopher Gooding, after she ended their affair. Wildman […]

Litigation Writs 24/01/95

Yacht builders Malcolm and Glenda Taylor of Woolston, Hampshire are seeking damages following a fire at their business premises in March last year. They are suing Chalemead of Sholing, Southampton, following the fire which they say started at premises at Woolston where Chalemead runs an engineering business. Buildings, yachts, tools, equipment and materials were damaged […]

Freshfields' conference winner

Fennell Betson reports Freshfields took over four years and examined 17 systems before choosing the video conferencing system it has installed in London and six European offices. “We had a good look around and chose the Sony system after a three-month trial,” says the firm’s communications manager David Enders. The City firm is believed to […]

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