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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 […]

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St Philip's adds top QC and four juniors to its growing portfolio

The biggest chambers in the UK, St Philip’s Chambers in Birmingham, is continuing its rapid expansion by poaching five barristers from rival sets. The influx is being led by commercial and family silk, Heather Swindells QC, who joins from leading London set 36 Bedford Row. Swindells, a recorder, is founder and chairman of both the […]

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Rowe & Maw’s property partner Lesley-Anne Avis acted for Argent Development Consortium’s Birmingham development Brindleyplace. Avis acted for Argent on four pre-lettings

In brief: The Law Society

The Law Society has continued its campaign against the Government’s plans for reforming legal aid, labelling its draft funding code “flawed and inappropriate”. President Michael Mathews says that under the code, which will determine how legal aid is to be rationed, funding will be decided according to the “crude” financial value of a case, rather […]

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Celebrated solicitor struck off

An award-winning lawyer has been struck off after admitting a series of breaches of professional conduct. Bushra Anwar, one of the few Asian women in the UK to run her own practice, received the Award of Merit at the North West Womens’ Achievement ceremony and was described as “a valued member of the Blackburn community”. […]

Freshfields loses FTSE 100 client

Freshfields is losing a major client – aerospace giant LucasVarity – following its takeover by US-based autoparts and space group TRW. TRW completed its take-over of FTSE 100 company LucasVarity this month. Virtually all corporate legal work will now be US-based, although the operations side of the business is not affected, says LucasVarity’s general counsel […]

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