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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.

Running a charity at a time of crisis: reputation management tips for the third sector

Charities are undoubtedly invaluable to society, but regardless of their admirable aims, they are not immune to experiencing a crisis. This fact has come sharply into view amid the coronavirus pandemic, with charities currently experiencing , caused primarily by a drop in donations. This financial hit has left charities especially vulnerable, leaving the door open for mistakes and wrong decisions to be made. But there are steps you can take before and during a crisis to shield against reputational fallout


Litigation Recent Decisions 30/07/96

Damages awarded on appeal for repetitive strain injury Pickford v Imperial Chemical Industries. CA (Stuart-Smith LJ, Waite LJ and Swinton-Thomas LJ) 18/7/96. Summary: Successful appeal by a secretary/typist against dismissal of her claim for repetitive strain injury from long hours of typing. Appeal against dismissal of plaintiff’s claim for repetitive strain injury, which the plaintiff […]


Manches & Co acted for mid-Southern Water, Eastbourne Water and West Kent Water on securing a £12.5 million leasing facility with various water treatment plants and equipment.

Inspectors see Sefton troubles

GOVERNMENT inspectors visiting Sefton magistrates courts witnessed defendants drinking alcohol, a scuffle to which police were called and heard a litany of complaints from staff about having to deal with people on drugs. The Magistrates Courts Service inspectors have called for a security review at the two courts in Sefton, at Bootle and Southport. Their […]

Pending cases

Cases pending in the Queens Bench Division jury list include: Kundi v Chief Constable of Police for Kent (not before 29 September 1996); Aitken v Preston (not before 1 October 1996); Mattistone & anr v Time Out Magazine (not before 9 September 1996); Penny v Drake (not before 1 September 1996); Western Provident Association v […]

Firms retain trainees as market picks up

A Healthy number of trainees qualifying in September will be kept on by the top UK firms. Of the 14 London and regional firms contacted by The Lawyer, an average of only three trainees per firm were yet to be offered places. The firms reported increasing workloads as well as better trainee selection procedures. But […]

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