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COVID-19: Where now for Employment Tribunals?

Recent reforms to the Employment Tribunal system and a move towards virtual hearings are intended to boost hearing capacity and access to justice. We consider the developments to the pre-existing approach and what this means for employers. Justice in slow motion?

Winding up petitions: High Court guidance

Regulations laid before Parliament yesterday seek to extend the current restrictions on the presentation of winding up petitions to 31 December 2020. However, there will inevitably come a time when these temporary restrictions are lifted.

Covid-19 guidance for courts in Northern Ireland – Civil Actions

On 23 September, the Lord Chief Justice’s Office issued Covid-19 Guidance for Civil Actions which applies to all civil actions in the High Court and County Court from 1 October 2020. This Guidance is an attempt by the Office of the Lord Chief Justice to have the civil courts undertake as much business as possible during the pandemic.

Running a charity at a time of crisis: reputation management tips for the third sector

Charities are undoubtedly invaluable to society, but regardless of their admirable aims, they are not immune to experiencing a crisis. This fact has come sharply into view amid the coronavirus pandemic, with charities currently experiencing , caused primarily by a drop in donations. This financial hit has left charities especially vulnerable, leaving the door open for mistakes and wrong decisions to be made. But there are steps you can take before and during a crisis to shield against reputational fallout

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In brief

The Commercial Litigators Forum will host its Lawyers for London reception at Somerset House on 20 April to raise funds for three London-focused charities. Cherie Booth QC is to be guest of honour at the event, which the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone is also expected to attend. Money raised from the event will go […]

Staff bonuses: handle with care

Bonuses may be a minefield, but if handled right they can be a huge staff incentive. By Mark Brandon Bonuses are regarded as a necessary evil by some law firms and a key employment benefit by others, but universal they are not. However, having a bonus – and one that works – is becoming a […]

People

US firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton has hired John Stigi as a partner in San Francisco from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. US firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton has hired John Stigi as a partner in San Francisco from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Canadian firm Gowling Lafleur Henderson has hired Valerie Hughes […]

Ashurst hires International Power GC and German M&A star

Ashurst has hired International Power Middle East general counsel David Wadham for its Dubai office. The firm has also poached M&A rising star Katrin Solmecke from Lovells in Frankfurt. Solmecke’s clients include Morgan Stanley, UBS and Drueker. Both will join the firm as partners in June. Wadham has spent the past five years as general […]

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