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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 Writs 08/04/97

A property development company which claims to have lost more than £100,000 after its selling agents took a secret profit and failed to pass on a higher bid is suing for compensation. Amalgamated Berkshire Developments has issued a High Court writ against Duncan Fletcher, of Sandon, Essex, and Ricketts Boreham Bliss, of Bow, London E3. […]

River pollution reconsidered

The House of Lords has granted leave for the Empress Car Company (Abertillery) to challenge the High Court’s refusal of its appeal against conviction at Tredegar Magistrates Court in 1995 of causing river pollution. Among the questions to be considered by the Law Lords will be whether, under s.85 (1) of the Water Resources Act […]


Davies Wallis Foyster advised St Modwen Developments on the £4.25m sale of town centre shopping centre The Gerard Centre, Ashton-in-Makerfield, to Hollins Murray, advised by Addleshaw Booth & Co.

In brief: Pressure groups mass against fees hike

Eight voluntary organisations have joined forces to campaign against the Government’s recent court fees hike. In a letter to the Lord Chancellor, the group – which includes the County Court Advisers Group, Legal Action Group, the Public Law Project and the Law Centres Federation – called for further changes following a recent high-court ruling that […]

Littletons wins charity race

An embarrassed Littleton Chambers has yet again won the cup for the Fastest Legal Services Team – in the Wooden Spoon Society’s (WSS) Relay Marathon held late last month. The commercial and civil law set is a little embarrassed because it has won the cup every year since it began sponsoring it five years ago. […]

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