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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

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In brief: Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy has redrawn its partnership deed, introducing a corporate style of governance to make the firm more accountable to its partners. The firm has introduced an 11-member board, from which seven members will stand for election in October – including managing partner John Rink and senior partner Bill Tudor John. After October’s election, […]

New thinking needed on flexible working

Lawyers want to spend more time away from the office. Clients are demanding they are there for longer hours and firms are caught in the middle. So much is not new. What is new is that the firms are looking at doing something about it. Last week The Lawyer revealed that Freshfields had joined Linklaters […]

US bar set to drop multidisciplinary partnership ban

The American Bar Association’s (ABA) commission on multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs) will this week recommend a rule change to allow their acceptance, according to one of its members. The ABA’s rules – like those of the Law Society – do not allow lawyers to combine with other professions, such as accountants and surveyors, in one firm. […]

LCD moots new measures to trap debtors

Suspending passports and driving licences and giving courts access to government information are among new measures being considered as ways to enforce civil court orders. The Lord Chancellor’s Department’s second consultation paper looking at new methods of enforcement in the civil court was released last week, responding to concerns that debtors are getting away with […]

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood legal recruitment manager Alison Warner says: “A commercial law firm needs people with commercial skills.” Warner says LPCs must be practical and she supports the introduction of courses tailored to the needs of City firms. “From day one, trainees could be meeting with clients. It is likely that they will need to know […]

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