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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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GC100 chair calls for secondment pledge

The chair of the in-house lobbying group GC100 has called on law firms to ensure that all potential partners spend at least two spells on secondment at companies. Helen Mahy, general counsel and company secretary of FTSE100 company National Grid, told The Lawyer: “I can’t see that secondments give anything other than an advantage to […]

The Hong Kong connection

Hong Kong fortunes are inextricably linked to China. However, the city’s role has evolved over the years. Since the earliest days of its establishment as a British colony, Hong Kong’s fortunes have been inextricably linked to China. However, Hong Kong’s role has evolved over the years, from trading to low-cost manufacturing, shipping and logistics to […]

DLA Piper private equity co-head joins Hill Dicks

DLA Piper’s joint head of private equity Darryl Cooke is to leave the firm to head up Hill Dickinson’s Manchester corporate practice. Cooke, who has also served as DLA Piper’s UK regional private equity head, is known for representing private equity institutions and corporate clients on management buyouts, IPOs and mergers and acquisitions. He also […]

Firms mull offers as Legal Services Bill gains Royal Assent

“Nobody wants to be the first to set up an alternative business structure,” says Neil Kinsella, chief executive of Russell Jones & Walker. This may well be true for law firms, but for non-legal businesses the provision for the alternative business structure (ABS) in the Legal Services Act is a very attractive notion. As a […]

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