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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


Auditors call for fraud panel

Auditors are calling for an independent advisory panel to be set up to coordinate the public bodies involved in the investigation and prosecution of fraud and to review the laws and regulations pertaining to it. The audit faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants issued a paper proposing the formation of the panel last week […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: John Hendy QC

Born in London on 11 April 1948, John Hendy QC is now a barrister at Old Square Chambers. What was your first job? Butcher’s delivery boy, aged 15. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £30 for failing to get a cabbie off a passing-a-red-light charge at East Ham Magistrates Court. What would […]

Emerging forces

With the New Year came a new name to the Danish legal scene: Plesner & Gronborg, the issue of a marriage between Copenhagen firms Koch-Nielsen & Gronborg and Plesner & Lunoe. A prime motivation behind the move was to entrench the firm in the country’s top league of practices. “We felt a number of foreign […]

Dibbs offshore team quits for Lawrences

The five-lawyer offshore tax and private client team at Dibb Lupton Alsop’s London office has moved to join Lawrence Graham. The team, which is headed by Andrew Young, includes partner Glen Hurstfield, Barry Lock, who will be a consultant at the new firm, and two assistants. It boasts the giant Far Eastern trading house The […]

Sayer dream team

The Law Society election saga has taken a rather bizarre twist. Phillip Sycamore and Michael Mathews have invited Robert Sayer to join them on their slate. It is a breathtakingly audacious move and, indeed, a clever one. But what of Tony Girling, who is currently off on vacation? It seems the ides of March are […]

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