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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.


Milbank seals first deal for Sainsbury family

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has sealed its first deal for the Sainsbury family. Former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Tim Emmerson advised Lord David Sainsbury’s trust the Gatsby Charitable Foundation on its disposal of £130m worth of shares to investment bank UBS. The disposal was by way of an auction and UBS was advised in-house. […]


Man United’s Freshfields defender sticks his heels inThe lawyer currently standing between Malcolm Glazer and Manchester United – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Mark Rawlinson – also took a strong stance on a board’s fiduciary duty to shareholders when advising on the failed P&O Princess-Royal Caribbean merger. At the behest of Royal’s investment bankers Goldman Sachs, […]

DLA Piper boosts Asia team with hire from CLP

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has raided Hong Kong-based power company CLP to boost its Asian project finance practice. John Yeap (left), CLP’s director of group development, is joining DLA Piper to head the firm’s project finance group. Yeap, who will be based in DLA Piper’s Hong Kong office, has gained a combination of senior […]

Firm profile: Adams Solicitors

Adams Solicitors, a firm well respected on East London’s high streets, has undergone a radical transformation in the last year. Established in 1992 by husband and wife duo Som and Mahinder Chima, the firm, once known for its family and conveyancing expertise, appears to have hit the big time with the opening of a Canary […]

Sainsbury’s leans on legal team in Sudan 1 fiasco

J Sainsbury’s in-house legal department is playing a key role in steering the FTSE 100 retailer through the largest product recall in UK retail history. Jillian Hardwicke, a senior product law adviser at Sainsbury’s, is handling all the legal issues arising out of the recall of products containing the colouring known as Sudan 1. Hardwicke stepped in […]

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