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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 […]


The prying game

There is, as the cliché goes, no such thing as an easy divorce. But when the split involves high-profile celebrity clients, jockeying for position in the hearts of an adoring public through the press can be as much of an issue as who keeps the St Tropez villa. For a lawyer whose professional ethics embrace […]

Arnold & Porter expands tax team with NY partner

Washington DC firm Arnold & Porter has pulled off a coup in New York by attracting the former chair of the international tax team from Jones Day Reavis & Pogue. Richard Andersen, a leading tax lawyer, is joining Arnold & Porter to spearhead the development of a tax practice in New York. Andersen practices in […]


JLPBS Forbury, a joint venture between John Laing Property and the Bank of Scotland, acquires Energis House in Reading. Two leasehold interests were surrendered by Caradon and Energis. CMS Cameron McKenna advised JLPBS Forbury (David Saunders) and Caradon (Colin Jesson). Davies Arnold Cooper advised Energis (Ian Hunter).

B&M wins back IP partner

Baker & McKenzie has appointed a new partner to its Hong Kong IP department. Joseph Simone moves to the US firm from Hong Kong-based Johnson Stokes & Master. He worked at partner level within the firm, but was unable to become officially appointed due to local regulations. Baker & McKenzie’s Hong Kong IP practice head […]

Travelling the bumpy road to Tashkent

CMS Cameron McKenna’s Central Asia practice has been bedevilled by controversy in recent times The news that CMS Cameron McKenna’s Central Asian practice is moving en masse to Denton Wilde Sapte (see p1) may be a relief to Camerons. The CIS group has been a management headache for the firm, with most of its problems […]

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