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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


Herbert Smith rockets ahead on half-year figures

Herbert Smith has been the year’s outstanding performer so far as UK firms begin to take stock at the half-year stage. Herbert Smith’s finance department has driven a 25 per cent increase in the firm’s turnover, compared with the first six months of last year. “Finance has been the best performer, growing by more than […]

Reed Smith lands Tate & Lyle Mexico deal

Reed Smith Richards Butler’s longstanding relationship with UK client Tate & Lyle has gifted the firm’s Chicago office a role on a £46m divestment for the company in Mexico. Tate & Lyle Mexico has sold a 49 per cent stake in Group Industrial Azucarero de Occidente (Occidente) to commodity management service provider ED&F Man Holdings. […]

Jersey: fraud

Recovering assets through the criminal courts can be a tricky business. Stephen Baker reports on how Jersey’s civil courts are about to get busier as new confiscation legislation comes into force In June 2004, Jersey received a visit from President Obasanjo of Nigeria. His visit was for the purposes of thanking the island authorities for […]

CMS looks to ‘Deloitte’ integration model

CMS Cameron McKenna, CMS Bureau Francis LeFebvre, CMS Hasche Sigle and the six other firms in the CMS network are planning an integration that would see them drop their historic names and regroup under the CMS banner. CMS, currently an alliance, will vote in January on whether it should adopt a ‘Deloitte’ model; operating under […]

Opinion: In the hiring line

The trouble with recruitment – especially for in-house counsel – is that it is always driven by a need and that need is generally going to be that you have too much work for the current resources. So how do you manage a significant recruitment while doing the day job? Well, you have to make […]

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