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Coronavirus Portugal: Simplified lay-off

The simplified lay-off is an exceptional and temporary measure aimed at maintaining jobs in companies in a business crisis, which may choose between reducing normal working periods and/or suspending employment contracts.

Possibilities for a better London

This year the Silicon Valley comes to the UK (SVC2UK) Summit was held virtually and included a discussion on “London: a ‘Good Growth’ Recovery” between Natalie Campbell, the recently appointed CEO of Belu Water (the social enterprise company which fulfils the water requirements of the UK’s catering sector, giving most of its profits to WaterAid) and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.

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PwC survey shows UK firms’ poor showing in billing stakes

The ability of UK law firms to bill promptly and collect debts within a reasonable time period has deteriorated since last year, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) annual financial management survey has revealed. The value of debts older than 90 days among the top 25 firms increased from 19 per cent in 2003 to 24 per cent in […]

Careesrs: In brief

Manchester firm Antony Hodari & Co has introduced an HR service designed to help staff effectively manage personal issues arising outside the office. The firm, which employs more than 100 staff, has partnered with Validium, the integrated employee assistance programme (EAP) provider and specialist HR support consultancy, to provide staff with an EAP. The programme […]

Firm ‘friends’

The stormy nature of Clifford Chance‘s communications, media and telecoms team has passed into legal market mythology, with partners allegedly having stand-up rows at group meetings before slamming doors and flouncing out. (Sounds a bit like Tulkinghorn’s house.) News now reaches these shores providing more evidence of the chronic lack of communication between the partners. […]

Telfa adds four to network

Four new law firms have joined legal network Trans European Law Firms Alliance (Telfa), building on its Eastern Europe expertise. Joining the network are Austrian firm Doralt Seist Csoklich, Bihary Balassa & Partners of Hungary, Romanian firm Mariana Anghel Law Firm and Hökerberg & Söderqvist in Sweden. Last year the appointment of Polish firm Kalwas […]

Deutsche Bank leads radical e-billing drive

Deutsche Bank is leading a group of nine of the world’s largest financial institutions, together with Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters and Simmons & Simmons, in piloting a web-based information portal that it hopes will lead to an e-billing standard. Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley have been the first banks to […]

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