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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.



Jackdaw japery in Wales

The legal right of the public to get rid of jackdaws is to be disputed in the High Court. A guesthouse owner from Gwynned is seeking leave to judicially review his conviction by Bangor magistrates for causing a breach of the peace by firing a rocket and an airgun in a public place. Lawrence Ridyard […]

Bypass bother goes to appeal

Judgment is pending in the Court of Appeal in the case of Dennis and Doreen Clift of Wales, who claim that the Llanfairfrechan bypass and other roadworks cut off direct access to their home and reduced its value. They sought compensation from the Welsh Office for inconvenience and loss of enjoyment of their home but […]


Coudert Brothers advised the Hilstone Corporation on its £25m acquisition of a portfolio of properties from the Daily Mail Group, advised by Freshfields and Swepstone Walsh. Brough Skerrett advised Century Life, who provided finance for the acquisition.

Manchester's 40 King Street opens new premises in Leeds

Manchester set 40 King Street has opened premises in Leeds in a bid to tap into the city’s chancery and commercial work, much of which is still being sent down to London. Although some Manchester sets have annexes in Preston, it is thought to be the first time a set outside London has opened up […]

IBA to vote on MDPs

The vote of the International Bar Association’s Council on the liberalisation of the legal profession has been set for 6 June. The Council will be voting on three matters: multi-disciplinary partnerships; rights of establishment; and the need for regulators and intergovernmental bodies to take account of the distinct nature of the legal profession.

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