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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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Five firms fall prey to Lovells' latest worldwide hiring spree

A HIRING spree has seen Lovell White Durrant take on five partners from five separate firms – one of whom will head a new office in Singapore. Clifford Chance, Holman Fenwick & Willan, Stephenson Harwood and Masons have all lost partners to the firm. As well as taking on corporate and finance partner Paul Supramaniam […]

IPA links up with accountants but leaves Law Soc in the cold

THE Insolvency Practitioners Association (IPA) has announced that it will be co-ordinating the regulation of its members with the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICA), but not, for now, with the Law Society. Qualified insolvency practitioners are drawn from a number of professions, including the legal and the accountancy professions, and they are regulated by their […]

In brief: Head to head at Foot

Plymouth firm Foot & Bowden has recruited barrister Sebastian Head (pictured right) to front a new three-man land use and planning team for Cornwall, Devon and Somerset. Head practised at 2 Mitre Court and King’s Bench Chambers in Plymouth.

Sets to be “named and shamed' over equality

THE BAR Council is preparing to “name and shame” chambers that have failed to come clean about their equal opportunities policies after less than a quarter responded to an official survey on the issue. Last June, 420 sets were asked if they had implemented the Bar Council’s 1995 Equality Code but only 92 have replied. […]

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