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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


Legal Widow

David Blunkett has a greater problem with language in the home than he realises. While he frets over immigrant families failing to chatter away in English over the dinner table, he ignores the horrifying truth that hardly anyone, at least in my house, speaks the language properly anymore. If we do get them all round […]

Skadden rescues Completel from debt

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has helped secure the future of Dutch telecoms group Completel Europe in a precedent-setting, US-style restructuring plan.The programme to recapitalise the business, which first announced in May that it needed an extra e30m (£18.8m) to break even, was undertaken using a Dutch suspension of payments procedure and pre-negotiated plan […]

Counting the pennies

Poor old Slaughter and May must be having a tough time of it at the moment. After being hoofed out of the magic circle by this very tome, the firm has been forced to endure yet more indignities.Last week, one of its clients was due to send more than £1.5m to a particular company it […]

Herbert Smith boosts Gleiss tie in £260m Johnson Matthey deal

Herbert Smith has galvanised its alliance with Gleiss Lutz after persuading Johnson Matthey to use the German firm for its £260m acquisition of ICI’s catalyst business Synetix.The deal, which is part of ICI’s drive to reduce its £2.3bn debt mountain, required both German and Indian legal expertise as the transaction also included the disposal of […]

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