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WM Video: Keeping Trade Moving Revisited

Last October our in-house lawyer training day sought to address the question of how can we keep trade moving? We looked at issues such as: the speed of change, Brexit, collaboration and the changing customer.

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.


Garrigues bolsters Portuguese presence with LMA combination

Spain’s Garrigues has become the latest law firm to strengthen its Iberian links after integrating Portuguese practice Leonidas Matos y Asociados (LMA). All of LMA’s 36 lawyers will be subsumed into Garrigues’ 1,200-strong law firm, and the Spanish giant hopes to add another 10 professionals in September. The Portuguese Bar Association backed Garrigues’ move on […]

Slaughters to advise Jarvis on restructure

Slaughter and May has scooped a huge instruction from Jarvis, having been brought in by the troubled infrastructure group earlier this year to advise on its strategic review. Slaughters partner Mark Horton is currently advising Jarvis on its restructuring, but declined to comment. Jarvis, which ran into financial difficulties earlier this month after it breached […]

Lovells’ hopefuls gear up for managing partner race

Five favourites emerge to fill incumbent Lesley MacDonagh’s shoes; decision due in November Lovells has started the process to replace managing partner Lesley MacDonagh, with five partners emerging as early potentials to fill the role. It is understood that the firm is in the first stages of the race in which partners can put their […]

Kirkpatrick mulls over LLP status for NGJ link-up

US firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart is considering converting to a UK limited liability partnership (LLP) in London if its merger with Nicholson Graham & Jones (NGJ) goes ahead. As exclusively revealed on on 15 July, NGJ and Kirkpatrick are in the final stages of discussions to form a merged entity that will be known […]


Law firms, like investment banks, have been facing a succession of high-profile discrimination claims. Why? And what can firms do to prevent future employment tribunal litigation? Sex discrimination and equal pay claims in particular have proliferated for many reasons. Since 1993, compensation for sex discrimination has been unlimited and, as lawyers tend to be highly […]

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