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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.


Hansard sales drop blamed on overpricing

Sales of Hansard, the official record of parliamentary debate, are plummeting because it is overpriced, says a report published last week. Acts of Parliament and parliamentary papers also cost too much, says the report What Price Hansard? by The Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government. The report, by Lord Lester QC, Lindsay Mackie and Michael Renshall, […]

Council uses DCA software in community tax clampdown

Hackney Council in London is waging a war against council charge and community tax defaulters with the help of communications software from DCA. Using Remote LAN Node (RLN) software, recovery officers attending any magistrates’ court in England can access files from CTAX Unix databases at DCA’s municipal offices in east London to provide up-to-date print-outs […]


Standard Life, advised by Herbert Smith, has bought for over u9m the freehold in a 139,000 sq ft warehouse scheme in Mollison Avenue, Enfield from Sainburys’ subsidiary JS Developments, advised by Lovell White Durrant.

Cognito bought up

Legal software supplier Cognito Software Ltd has been bought by Microvitec plc. Cognito joins accountancy software supplier CSM Ltd as part of Microvitec’s vertical market software strategy. The new trust and probate accounting software, Custodiens, will be the first product to benefit from the relationship. CSM head Peter Mart says: “Microvitec is committed to Cognito […]

Young lawyers set up Brussels group

EUROPEAN Commission vice-president Sir Leon Brittan QC will be the first speaker to address the newly formed Brussels Young Solicitors’ Group (YSG). Formed at an inaugural meeting last week, the group has already signed 50 members and more are expected to join. The group is being co-ordinated by an organising committee, including Taylor Joynson Garrett’s […]

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