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Can UK employers claim the furlough grant while employees are on notice? Clarity is required.

Notice Pay during Furlough Leave The latest Treasury Direction for the furlough scheme, updated on 26 June 2020, could modify the effect of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. New wording at paragraph 2.2 may be interpreted to suggest that notice pay cannot be claimed through the scheme. With retrospective application, employers require clarification from HMRC […]

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Investigate to avoid liability

Prospective partners should thoroughly research the financial history and current status of their potential firm, says Philip Brown. Philip Brown is a consultant with Hodgart Temporal. During the recession, press reports of partnerships going bust leaving partners with heavy liabilities were not uncommon. As a result, when the offer of partnership is made today, a […]

SFLA reports rise in divorce

The Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA) has reported a marked increase in the number of couples filing for divorce on the grounds of adultery or unreasonable behaviour a trend it is blaming on uncertainty surrounding the introduction of the Family Law Act. The SFLA says government dithering over when to introduce part two of the […]

Hollands opens in Mexico City

In its first push outside the US, Holland & Knight, Florida’s largest law firm, has opened for business in Mexico City and is planning on setting up in other locations abroad by the end of the year. In Mexico, the firm has established a joint-venture office with 10-lawyer local firm GallAstegui y Lozano, to be […]

In brief: Lawyers could do better, say interpreters

Interpreters are claiming that the legal profession’s “short-sighted attitude” to interpreting means that foreigners are denied a fair trial in the UK. The Institute of Translation and Interpreting has for the first time invited lawyers to its annual conference on 23-24 April in Cambridge where the issue will be discussed. For details call 0171 713 […]

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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 […]

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