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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 […]


Musicians win on illicit CDs

Roger Pearson looks at The Beatles’ fight to ban sale of an unauthorised recording of one of their early Hamburg performances The recent High Court battle by the remaining members of the Beatles and John Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono to prevent an Essex company from marketing a CD of one of the “Fab Four’s” early […]

Jail for solicitors who stole £925,000

Three Kent solicitors were jailed for a total of 10 years last week after being convicted of stealing £925,000 of their clients’ money to fund a champagne lifestyle. Former North Kent Coroner Lionel Skingley, who admitted the charges, received three years, while his partners Robert Hammond and Geoffrey Hufton each received sentences of three and […]

Star culture lives on at the Bar

Despite the trend for City firms to handle a growing amount of advocacy-related work themselves, the role of the commercial Bar heavyweight remains undiminished. To describe the top silks in this broad area of law is to focus on superlatives. “They have got to be bright, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of commercial law, and a […]

Secure investment

The Irish government is wooing investors by offering attractive international securitisation programmes, report PAdraig o R’ordAin and Caroline Devlin. PAdraig o R’ordAin and Caroline Devlin are members of the Arthur Cox IFSC and corporate taxation groups. The use of securitisation programmes in Europe has begun to develop significantly in recent years reflecting the long-standing use […]

Entering a joint venture into the unknown

Shaun Pye looks at the Biddle report on conditional fee arrangements and the Bar It is the end of the Bar as we know it. So says the report prepared by City firm Biddle on the effect of government plans to extend conditional fee arrangements (CFAs). The hefty 150-page and 13-appendix report was prepared by […]

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