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What role does HR have in protecting staff in the physical workplace?

An increasing number of businesses are choosing to return to the physical office, whether that be once or twice a week, or full time. Either way, it is vital that employers ensure that the work environment meets the strict health and safety standards necessary in order to avoid outbreaks of COVID-19 amongst staff members. This […]

The end of normal? Law firm survey 2020

Our 2020 law firm survey, developed in association with The Lawyer, reveals many law firms were ill-prepared for the seismic shock from the coronavirus outbreak. The crisis has cast an uncomfortable light on firms with poor financial management or without the necessary technology infrastructure. The pandemic already appears to be widening the gap between law firms, with some now under real pressure.

Covid-19 Update – Coronavirus, domestic abuse and legal action

The difficulties with court listings and the inability to hold hearings in a normal fashion has now been underway for 6 months. The recent guidance set out in ‘The Road Ahead’ shows there is no likelihood of that changing in the near future. This means there has had to be a reconsideration of what delays are acceptable and what reasons are sufficient to delay final decisions being made for children.

The rule of six: Legal obligations on food and drink businesses in England

Whilst we have very quickly become familiar with the “rule of six”, regulations come in to force today placing a further legal obligation on businesses in England that serve food for consumption on the premises to ensure that, save for in limited exceptions, bookings of more than six people are not accepted.

Landlord’s remedies and COVID-19 – has the pendulum swung too far?

As another week draws to a close, in a time when every day seems to bring unexpected – and often unwelcome – news, the landlord community is reeling – albeit perhaps largely in a somewhat unsurprised and resigned fashion. This is due to the latest announcements from the government affecting the commercial landlord and tenant relationship.

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Northern firm aims for paperless office

Helen Sage reports Rotherham-based firm, Oxley & Coward is setting up a pilot scheme of seven networked PCs in September in a bid to streamline its office. The initiative was taken after two Oxleys partners, John Yates and Rosemary Downs, visited US law firms in the spring. The pair were particularly impressed by Boston-based firm […]

Paris Bar takes up arms over adverts

THE PARIS Bar has hit out at multi-disciplinary practice Arthur Andersen claiming a recent advertising campaign by the organisation’s French consultancy contravenes the legal profession’s regulations. In recent notices in the French press, Paris Bar president Jean-Rene Farthouat said the advertisements for Andersen Consulting, placed in the electronic and print media, had breached Bar rules […]

Bar conducts democracy shake-up

A BAR working party on democracy holds its first meeting this week amid rumblings of discontent among some barristers who accuse the ruling council of being unaccountable to its electorate. The working party, headed by treasurer Michael Blair, follows the Bar AGM in June when some members called for the meeting’s motions to be made […]

'We must learn from problems of solicitor tuition,' Goldsmith warns training seminar

ENDING the Bar’s training monopoly must not pitch the profession into the same difficulties being faced by solicitors, Bar Council chair Peter Goldsmith has warned. Goldsmith issued the warning at a seminar in Holborn earlier this month to discuss the Bar’s proposals to end the Inns of Court School of Law’s monopoly of vocational training. […]

Time right for reform, says Pembridge

DEFEATED Law Society presidential candidate Eileen Pembridge is calling on her successful rival to conduct a radical overhaul of the constitution. Pembridge has already held a meeting with Mears to press for a constitutional review which formed a central plank of both hers and council candidate Henry Hodge’s manifesto. Mears also called for reform, but […]

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