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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.

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The work-life quiz

Simon Pizzey, managing partner, Veale Wasbrough What was your first ever job? Beer making at Ushers Brewery in Trowbridge. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Attending too many fast food outlets in order to gather evidence for a passing off action. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out […]

Leaked document says all new QCs must be PC

Barristers will have to pass a political correctness test if they wish to become QCs under the new silk selection system, according to a document seen by The Lawyer. Aspiring silks must be able to demonstrate “an understanding of diversity and cultural issues”, show that they are “aware of their own limitations” and be able […]

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 […]

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