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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


Appeal hearings on the rise after immigration tribunal figures soar

The number of civil appeals heard in the Court of Appeal during the last court year rose by nearly 8 per cent from the previous year, the court’s annual report found. There were 1,187 appeals set down to be heard during the court year running from September 2004 to September 2005, compared with 1,101 in […]

Richards Butler nets Salans’ media team

Richards Butler has raided Salans, taking the firm’s entire London-based media team. The team, including partners Jonathan Berger and Peter Armstrong, along with senior associates Sarah Clarke and Laura Clipsham, has joined Richards Butler ahead of its planned merger with Reed Smith. Richards Butler media group head Stephen Edwards told The Lawyer that the hires […]

Weil joins forces with UN to help on unique disaster relief scheme

Weil Gotshal & Manges has acted as pro bono counsel in an initiative by the United Nations World Food Programme to create the world’s first weather-derivative transaction for humanitarian emergencies. As part of its ongoing efforts to find ways to finance natural disaster aid more quickly and efficiently, the UN World Food Programme has signed […]

Bindmans challenges Govt’s pension cop-out

Bindman & Partners is set to make legal history by seeking a judicial review into the Government’s refusal to follow the Ombudsman’s recommendation on pension compensation. The Ombudsman last month recommended that pension scheme members who lost savings when companies became insolvent should receive their losses in full, plus compensation. The Government rejected the report […]

Gunderson raids Wilson Sonsini for San Diego launch

Silicon Valley-based Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian is launching a San Diego office with two former Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partners. Gari Cheever and Jeffrey Higgins are opening the Californian office with former Wilson Sonsini senior associate Ilan Lovinsky, who also joins as a partner. Wilson Sonsini opened its own San Diego […]

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