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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 […]


Staying positive

In your article “LawSoc fills void left by Bahl” (17 April) you report that David McIntosh was elected deputy vice president by the council. But instead of mentioning the very positive comment he made about working alongside “Robert Sayer and Michael Napier for the good of the profession”, you referred to an election over two […]

Hill Dickinson in merger talks with Weightmans

Rival firms Weightmans and Hill Dickinson are in the process of merger talks in an attempt to create a north-west insurance giant. Negotiations are at a preliminary stage but a merger between the two firms would create a 396-strong fee earner practice. Weightmans partner and member of the policy group Michael Radcliffe says: “Weightmans is […]

A View From Australia

In the Olympic year, the Australian economy is thriving and corporate activity is at an all time high. As a consequence, Australian lawyers are in great demand. However, not all Australian firms are riding this wave. Whereas in the past a large number of firms shared the legal work, a small number of firms have […]

CC and Mallesons enter merger talks once more

The saga of Clifford Chance’s on-off affair with leading Australian practice Mallesons Stephen Jaques is underway once more. Merger talks between the firms are to resume later this year but the practices have yet to name a date. As revealed in The Lawyer last year, Clifford Chance shelved the merger talks, which would have added […]


Rowe & Maw represented Road Management Services on the £200m 30-year contract for the A13 Design Build Finance and Operate (DBFO) project. The project is the first urban DBFO to be awarded by the Highways Agency. Rowe & Maw head of banking and projects Neil Morrison and projects partner designate Joanne Anderson led a five-strong […]

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