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COVID-19: Where now for Employment Tribunals?

Recent reforms to the Employment Tribunal system and a move towards virtual hearings are intended to boost hearing capacity and access to justice. We consider the developments to the pre-existing approach and what this means for employers. Justice in slow motion?

Winding up petitions: High Court guidance

Regulations laid before Parliament yesterday seek to extend the current restrictions on the presentation of winding up petitions to 31 December 2020. However, there will inevitably come a time when these temporary restrictions are lifted.

Covid-19 guidance for courts in Northern Ireland – Civil Actions

On 23 September, the Lord Chief Justice’s Office issued Covid-19 Guidance for Civil Actions which applies to all civil actions in the High Court and County Court from 1 October 2020. This Guidance is an attempt by the Office of the Lord Chief Justice to have the civil courts undertake as much business as possible during the pandemic.

Running a charity at a time of crisis: reputation management tips for the third sector

Charities are undoubtedly invaluable to society, but regardless of their admirable aims, they are not immune to experiencing a crisis. This fact has come sharply into view amid the coronavirus pandemic, with charities currently experiencing , caused primarily by a drop in donations. This financial hit has left charities especially vulnerable, leaving the door open for mistakes and wrong decisions to be made. But there are steps you can take before and during a crisis to shield against reputational fallout


Litigation Special Report: Caught cold

Legislation enacted in the wake of 9/11 is now being used to police the financial services sector, and the UK’s recent Landsbanki Freezing Order has led some to fear they may have unwittingly broken the law. When the planes flew into the twin towers on the morning of 11 September 2001, few would have predicted […]

Opinion: Firms should be shy of retiring their partners

Life expectancy is rising by 15 minutes every hour. For a 45-year-old partner it will have increased by five years by the time they retire at 65. Partners will, ­therefore, need to support themselves for 25 years or more after the end of their ­working lives. The recent dramatic collapse in the value of investments […]

Bakers, CC, White & Case launch Kazakhstan fund

Baker & McKenzie, Clifford Chance and White & Case have advised on the creation of a e100m (£90.6m) private equity fund on behalf of Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund. The Kazakhstan Growth Fund will use money from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Samruk-Kazyna, the sovereign wealth fund, to invest in the country’s […]

Litigation: All together now

Efforts to get EU member states to adopt a unified approach to certain areas of law is a tricky business. Kevin Roberts and Alan Owens look at two reports aiming to unify a European-wide strategy. Pharmaceutical competition It took approximately 10 months and 6,000 submissions, but on 28 November 2008 the European Commission published its […]

Pinsents expands offices in Manchester, Edinburgh

Pinsent Masons has taken on extra floorspace in Manchester and Edinburgh to allow it to expand its ­presence in the cities. The firm will consolidate its two Manchester offices under ;one ;roof ;at ;3 ­Hardman Street in the city’s prime Spinning fields ­development. It will take up 35,000sq ft on the eleventh and twelfth floors […]

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