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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.


Appeal Court video link-up set to save millions

The Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) and the Home Office are in discussions over plans to install a video link in the Court of Appeal which could save the taxpayer millions. In a pilot exercise last week, the Court of Appeal heard three cases via video link for the first time, with the appellants in […]

Mediators clash with EU over new directive

A row has broken out over a proposed European directive on mediation published on 22 October. Mediators and other bodies, including the Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA), are concerned that the directive will impose too much regulation on this area of dispute resolution. The directive has been in discussion since 2002, when a Green Paper […]

Cleary Gottlieb promotes New York partners as it turns LLP

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has announced its latest round of partner promotions, making up six lawyers into the firm’s equity. At the same time the firm is moving to limited liability status, effective from 1 January 2005. Five of the new partners hail from the firm’s New York base. Of those, two are tax […]


White & Case and Hong Kong firm Deacons could teach theBritish Royal Family a thing or two about bitter divorces. The curtain has finally come down on the two-year battlebetween the firms over a group of insolvency partners whodefected to White & Case in June 2002. Mark Fairbairn and Edward Cairns, the two key Deaconspartners […]

Tack is the new black

Move over, London. Milton Keynes is the UK’s new fashion capital. Well, at least it is in the eyes of Addleshaw Goddard’s technology, media and IP group. At a recent retreat (held in the Midlands concrete cow capital) partners and assistants strutted their stuff during a glitzy catwalk show. As part of the unusual bonding […]

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