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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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'Lovells' to become global name for firm

Lovells is rebranding itself – from 1 July, it will be known worldwide purely as ‘Lovells’, in line with the merger agreement between Lovell White Durrant and Lovells Boesebeck Droste The partnership voted in favour of abandoning the German suffix in the areas where Boesebeck practised after the merger on 1 January 2000. The suffix […]

Andersen member lifts spirits with Malaysian govt instruction

Andersen Legal’s Malaysian practice has provided the accountancy-tied network with a welcome boost as the Andersen accounting arm battles against the fallout from the Enron scandal Andersen member Zaid Ibrahim & Co has completed work for the Malaysian government’s asset management company Danaharta on its first asset-backed securitisation.The appointment of Zaid Ibrahim consolidates the firm’s […]

Freshfields ramps up partnership in Germany

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has elected more new partners to its partnership in Germany than it has in the UK From 1 May there will be eight new partners in the UK, while 11 have been elected in Germany. Three have been elected in Milan, two in Amsterdam but none in the US. Chief executive Alan […]

Deals summary

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher (Alan Samson, Stephanie Bess) represented Apollo International Real Estate Fund in the formation of two joint ventures with clients of Reit Asset Management to acquire seven UK shopping centres from Land Securities and Legal & General for £350m. HypoVereinsbank (HVB) and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) funded the acquisitions. Reit represented […]

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