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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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The Government is depending on discretion to cover the sort of personal injury cases highlighted last week by The Lawyer’s legal aid campaign. In an exclusive interview with The Lawyer in response to our article last week, Minister of State in the LCD Geoff Hoon claims that the as yet unspecified criteria of the Legal […]

McGrigor Donald now Scotland's biggest firm

Recent partner appointments will make McGrigor Donald the largest law firm in Scotland. Eleven recent appointments bring the partner count to 58, ahead of arch-rivals Dundas & Wilson CS and Maclay Murray & Spens. McGrigors has poached partner Wayne Lawrence from medium-sized Scottish law firm Biggart Baillie. Lawrence will be joining Shonaig Macpherson’s information technology […]

Case of the Week

In an unprecedented move, the fate of former Labour MP Fiona Jones (left) – whose conviction for submitting misleading expenses claims has been quashed by the High Court – is to be decided in court, not Parliament. Speaker Betty Boothroyd is instructing the Attorney-General to apply to the High Court for a ruling. Jones lost […]

Addleshaws scores RDA double with NW win

Addleshaw Booth & Co has won a place on a second regional development agency panel. The firm will be offering legal advice to the new North West RDA, which covers the area from Cheshire to Cumbria. Earlier this year Addleshaws was appointed to the RDA for Yorkshire and Humberside. Eversheds has also been appointed to […]

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