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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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Cobbetts partner made honorary German counsul

Cobbetts partner Mark Green has been appointed as the German honorary consul for Manchester. The role means that Green is the principal contact for German citizens in the Manchester region seeking consular assistance. He will also represent German business interests in the area. Green qualified as a ‘Rechtsanwalt’ in Germany in 1996, and is already […]

Cobbetts partner made honorary German counsul

Cobbetts partner Mark Green has been appointed as the German honorary consul for Manchester. The role means that Green is the principal contact for German citizens in the Manchester region seeking consular assistance. He will also represent German business interests in the area. Green qualified as a ‘Rechtsanwalt’ in Germany in 1996, and is already […]

Birchams scores housing coup with Jenkins & Hand captures

London’s Bircham Dyson Bell has secured a social housing practice after the acquisition of boutique firm Jenkins & Hand. Jenkins & Hand’s highly rated founders Keith Jenkins and Catherine Hand will join Birchams as partners, along with a team of five. The firm’s third partner, Naomi Goode, left to join Lewis Silkin as a partner […]

Stephenson Harwood’s McGrigors hire perfect fit for financial services

Stephenson Harwood is reinforcing its financial services capability with the hire of a corporate partner from Scottish firm McGrigors. John Buyers joins Stephenson Harwood in the firm’s commercial, outsourcing and technology group. He is a specialist in technology corporate deals and has also advised on several Financial Services Authority-compliant technology deals. Buyers spent time in-house at Cap […]

Path master

As the Crossrail project lumbers on, Robbie Owen highlights the problems likely to be faced by individuals and businesses in the path of this monster development On 22 February 2005, the Secretary of State for Transport introduced the long-awaited Crossrail Bill into the House of Commons. Crossrail is the proposed new East to West London […]

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