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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.


Freshfields' Dutch office steps up poaching spree

Freshfields is continuing its aggressive expansion in The Netherlands by poaching two more partners – this time from Allen & Overy’s proposed Dutch merger firm Loeff Claeys Verbeke. Top corporate lawyer Jan Willem van der Staay and leading intellectual property litigator Hubert Harmeling are expected to join Freshfields’ Amsterdam office once they have negotiated departure […]

Stephens Innocent duo quit

Two partners are quitting seven-partner Stephens Innocent, the media-friendly law firm run by flamboyant senior partner Mark Stephens. Stuart Lockyear is to join Davenport Lyons as an intellectual property litigator, with copyright partner Robin Fry heading in-house to join an internet start-up company. One leading media lawyer reports being approached by a number of other […]

Up close and personal

In the late 1980s and early 1990s Pannone Napier transformed the legal scene in this country, and sowed the seeds for much that was to come. Continuing our series on the figures who shaped the legal millennium, Nick Gillies takes a look at thefirm that changed the way personal injury cases were conducted in the […]


In brief: Edward Lewis

Edward Lewis partners failed to oust chairman Tony Collins last week following allegations of sex discrimination by three different members of staff (The Lawyer, 13 September). Jeremy Rutter was expected to be elected the new chairman of the London firm, but insiders say partners balked when it came to making a decision because Collins is […]

Geoffrey Mead

Warner Cranston has recently appointed Geoffrey Mead as its head of employment. Anne Mizzi chats to the man who is not daunted by the depleted team he now has to oversee When Geoffrey Mead underwent the interview to become Warner Cranston’s new head of employment, he had the dubious pleasure of completing a psychometric test. […]

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