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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


PwC and Standard Chartered Bank settle claim

The bank claimed PwC gave it flawed advice when it was considering buying the United Bank of America in 1987. Standard sued and was awarded record damages of $341 million, but the ruling was overturned. Many of the charges against PwC were thrown out but Standard was allowed to put in a claim of negligent […]

Building bridges to the future

“You’d have to be an idiot not to make money in this market,” said one leading property lawyer to me at lunch the other day. “I just wonder when it’s all going to come crashing down. And what happens to those firms that aren’t making much money now?” Perversely, in the longer term, the boom […]

Sidley & Austin poaches partner from rival US firm

The US qualified lawyer joined Sidley & Austin’s London office yesterday and will boost the team of US lawyers working on finance, securities and acquisition deals. Asher has had nearly 12 years experience in project and structured finance transactions, with particular emphasis on energy, telecommunications and hotel/leisure industries. The firm’s London managing partner, Drew Scott […]

Brief encounter: Watson Farley

A little more than two years ago, Watson Farley & Williams bought itself a chunk of the competitive Singapore legal market when it purchased Sinclair Roche & Temperley’s operation for an undisclosed, but “substantial” sum. Although two years is a short time in today’s ever-churning legal profession, that purchase could well have been one of […]

Bird & Bird poaches French IT team

Dupuis-Toubol will join Bird & Bird at the end of this year and will be based in the firm’s new premises in Paris. She and her team will specialise in local law. The move can be seen as part of Bird & Bird’s continuing strategy to become a truly international presence. The IT/IP firm already […]

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