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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.


Colleagues remember 'kind friend

COLLEAGUES of murdered senior partner Nigel Lightfoot have paid tribute to a “kind and generous friend”. The Southampton legal community was left shocked by the fatal stabbing of the Lamport Bassitt senior partner last week. The 60-year-old father-of-three was attacked after opening the front door of his family home to the assailant. He died within […]

Europe set for liability ruling

EUROPE could institute a community-wide ruling on limited liability if proposals before the Council of Bars and Law Societies of the European Union (CCBE) prove fruitful. The details emerged at the International Bar Association’s (IBA) 12th Biennial Conference on the section on business law in Paris last week. Member states vary in their approach to […]

Volunteer army

There has been an explosion of interest in legal services in the last 12 months. Against this backdrop the CAB service has dealt with over half a million inquiries connected with legal aid, lawyers and the courts. Barriers to Justice, a report of CAB clients’ experience of the legal system, draws on evidence from over […]

Slaughters serves Barings protective writ

Slaughter and May is handling a ‘protective’ legal action on behalf of Barings’ administrators, Ernst & Young, against former derivatives trader Nick Leeson. A High Court writ was issued to “preserve the position of the administrators of Bishopscourt (BS) and Bishopscourt (BB & Co)”, formerly Baring Securities and Baring Brothers & Co said a spokesman […]

First Name action could set off Lloyd's avalanche

THE FIRST legal action taken by Lloyd’s of London agents against a Lloyd’s Name could start an “avalanche” of cases against other individual defaulting Names, according to the agents’ lawyers. The action, against Dr Andrew James Higgins, was the subject of an Order 14 hearing last week and should result in a judgment within days. […]

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