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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


In brief: LAG wins fee waiver extensions

The Lord Chancellor’s Department is extending waivers on civil court fees to those on benefits other than income support on 1 December, following a campaign by the Legal Action Group.

Defending the indefensible

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 734 0534, e-mail, DX44700 Soho Square. I write in reply to the letter from Elizabeth Mullins headed “SIF Replies” (The Lawyer, 18 November). The letter suggests my article, “Troubled Indemnity” (The Lawyer, 28 October), is factually inaccurate. Ms Mullins states […]

In brief: Booth & Blackwell joins Kingsford Stacey

London commercial firms Kingsford Stacey and Booth & Blackwell are to merge on 1 December. Kingsford Stacey’s 12 partners will be joined at their Lincoln’s Inn offices by the six partners from Booth & Blackwell.

Bruckhaus merges with Austrian firm

BARCLAYS Bank Trust Company has selected a panel of three firms to conduct its legal work in place of more than a hundred individual firms. Reading firm Field Seymour Parkes, Birmingham’s Edge & Ellison, and George Davies & Co of Manchester have been chosen to handle Barclay’s non-contentious probate, wills and conveyancing work for the […]

Legal aid lawyers becoming disillusioned, claims Booth

CHERIE Booth QC took a sideswipe at the state of the legal aid system during a reception to celebrate the 20th anniversary of leading London legal aid firm Hodge Jones & Allen. The Prime Minister’s wife was the star guest at the reception, which also marked the official opening of the firm’s new Camden headquarters. […]

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