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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



Geoff Fuller and Paul Bedford of Allen & Overy advised Citibank Credit Structures on the US$20bn (#12bn) launch of secured debt programmes for Doroda Corporation

Ashursts partnership

Ashurst Morris Crisp has appointed corporate lawyer Markus Strelow to partner, joining partner Graeme Ward in heading the firm’s Frankfurt office. Strelow joined Ashurst Morris Crisp in January from Clifford Chance’s Frankfurt office.

Good sport for in-house lawyers. By Matheu Swallow.

Working in-house enables lawyers to concentrate on all aspects of sports law Perhaps the only lawyers who can claim to be purely sports lawyers are those practising in-house. There is a growing trend to carry out work in-house, particularly within sports governing bodies. The staple diet of an in-house sports lawyer can include sponsorship and […]

Big divorce payout on cards

A potentially record-breaking divorce settlement is pending in the High Court. Paloma Picasso, daughter and heiress of artist Pablo Picasso, has been battling with her husband, Rafael Lopez-Cambil, over the amount of money she should pay to him. Lopez-Cambil is looking for a major settlement from her assets, which include a near priceless collection of […]

It has been a bad week for:

Kellie Smith of Albuquerque, New Mexico, who is being sued by her ex-boyfriend for “intentionally acquiring and misusing” his sperm. Smith, who gave birth to Peter Wallis’ child over two years ago, insists the sperm was a “gift” that was “surrendered” to her during intercourse. South London firm Fisher Meredith, which found its advertisement banned […]

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