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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.


Electric Hugh driver

News of a welcome antidote to midlife crisis-suffering managing partners who are perhaps overcompensating for deficits in other departments reached Tulkinghorn recently. There were no Ferraris in sight when the first judge to join a law firm, Sir Hugh Laddie, turned up for his first day of work at Willoughby & Partners. Laddie’s first request […]

Court of Appeal slams Collins’ GMC rulings

Mr Justice Collins has been criticised by the Court of Appeal for failing to uphold “the preservation of the public confidence in the profession”. Overturning two of Collins J’s rulings in cases against the General Medical Council (GMC), Lord Justice Chadwick said: “In my judgement the test which [Collins] applied is, with respect, not helpful […]

Camerons raids BLG to net corporate duo

CMS Cameron McKenna has rocked Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) by poaching two of its leading corporate partners. John Cadman and Peter Hill are currently negotiating their exits from BLG. Their departures will be seen as a major blow to the firm as it attempts to rebuild its non-contentious practice ahead of the arrival of […]

White & Case beats Dewey to major Greek telco acquisition

White & Case beats Dewey to major Greek telco acquisition” />White & Case has pipped US rival Dewey Ballantine to land a lead role on Naguib Sawiris’s latest Mediterranean acquisition in its first corporate instruction from the Egyptian telecoms magnate. White & Case advised Sawiris’s Weather Investments on its €3.4bn (£2.28bn) purchase of Greece’s third-largest […]

Portugal: Call of port

As Portugal’s economy flourishes, the country’s legal market is seeing an influx of foreign firms. But any newcomers will have some way to go to topple the current big-hitters

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