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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 […]


Enterprise snubbed by chosen director

Shaun Pye reports Enterprise Chambers is going back to square one in its search for a chambers director after its chosen candidate turned down the job. The chancery set decided to appoint a chambers director last year, after consultation with BDO Stoy Hayward. It is seeking a director to oversee the clerking and general administration […]

Booker exit prompts CC to bolster unit

Who would have thought that the Post Office, once a byword for bureaucracy, would be at the forefront of a new drive by large companies to get the most out of their external lawyers? But with the recent announcement of swingeing cuts to its panel of law firms reduced from 40 to just four the […]

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 […]

White & Case is first Kazakhstan licensee

White & Case has become the first foreign law firm to be licensed in Kazakhstan under rules issued by the Kazakh Ministry of Justice last year. The Ministry’s Agency for the Registration of Immovable Property and Legal Entities granted the licence to the firm’s subsidiary in Almaty, White & Case Kazakhstan LLP. The firm has […]

Invalid SIF comparison

I read with interest Emile Woolf’s article on chartered accountants’ response to the requirement for professional indemnity insurance (The Lawyer, 17 February), and note that he is described as chairman of the Personal Injury Requirements Committee. I chaired the committee (then known as the Practice Insurance Requirements Committee but a succession of claims does sometimes […]

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