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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



Should the courts listen to Max Clifford’s invective of the Hamiltons in his defence against them? In the ghost town that is the law courts, there is a most interesting libel action afoot that continues to fascinate. It is an action between, in the blue corner, Neil Hamilton, famed for the libel action he dramatically […]

DWS chief exec hopefuls proclaim best-laid plans

Battle lines were drawn last week as the contenders for the Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) chief executive post issued their election manifestos. Head of competition Jonathan Tatten has emerged as an early frontrunner after vowing to address sliding profits, overhaul the partner compensation system and prime DWS for a potential merger. The statement of intent came as […]

What are you saying?

The FSA has widened its scope to include the regulation of insurance brokers. Michael Wainwright highlights the changes On 31 October 2004, there was a change in the rules regarding the regulation of financial advisers. It meant that more than 30,000 firms (ie businesses that are regulated or will require regulation) and individual advisers required […]

Harmony in too deep as legal costs on Gold Fields takeover spiral

Harmony, the South African company embroiled in a £3.5bn hostile takeover battle for mining rival Gold Fields, is facing major overruns on its shoestring legal and other advisory budgets. Harmony, the South African company embroiled in a £3.5bn hostile takeover battle for mining rival Gold Fields, is facing major overruns on its shoestring legal and other advisory budgets. When the company published its original […]

Herbert Smith racks up £5m in fees on DTI’s nuclear clean-up

Herbert Smith has reaped around £5m in legal fees for its first 12 months of advising the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on the £48bn nuclear clean-up programme. The City firm scooped a two-year contract to advise the DTI on the commercial aspects relating to the creation of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) after […]

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