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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 […]


Shearmans and A & O act in France Telcom claim

Shearman & Sterling’s Paris office and Allen & Overy’s Italian office are advising France Telecom in its two-pronged attack on Deutsche Telekom, which has recently broken its partnership to merge with Telecom Italia. Shearmans is advising the French telecommunications giant on its million-euro claim for damages against Deutsche Telekom after Deutsche stepped in with an […]

Lawyers fight Straw's bid to axe jury trial

Lawyers, legal groups and academics plan to lobby MPs in a bid to stop Jack Straw pushing through plans to restrict defendants’ rights to a trial by jury. The Home Secretary’s enormous U-turn – which will see magistrates deciding whether “either way” cases should go to Crown Court – has been met by outrage across […]

Straw should turn again

There are moral reasons why Jack Straw’s U-turn – on abolishing the right to trial by jury – is wrong. It is a fundamental safeguard in the criminal justice system. Without it, innocent people could be convicted of crimes they did not commit. There are certain fundamental principles that need to be be preserved not […]

Husband and wife appeal

The Law Lords are considering whether to give leave for an appeal by husband and wife Lee and Kathleen Montgomery, who were made the subject of a restraint order imposed at the request of the US. The case raises the question of whether the UK courts have the jurisdiction to make such an order. The […]

Firms challenge new immunity guidelines

Roger Pearson reports on the pending Law Lords debate on the extent of immunity for lawyers against negligence claims. The extent of the immunity of lawyers from suit is under preliminary consideration by the Law Lords. They are currently considering whether to grant four law firms leave for a challenge which could throw out new […]

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