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Can UK employers claim the furlough grant while employees are on notice? Clarity is required.

Notice Pay during Furlough Leave The latest Treasury Direction for the furlough scheme, updated on 26 June 2020, could modify the effect of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. New wording at paragraph 2.2 may be interpreted to suggest that notice pay cannot be claimed through the scheme. With retrospective application, employers require clarification from HMRC […]


This week……

The American Bar Association annual conference is taking place in Atlanta, Georgia. “It’s not just size that matters, it’s everything else that goes with size.” – Ed Dawes on his move from 15-partner Stoke-on-Trent firm, Kent Jones and Done to join Wragge & Co as an equity partner in the plc team.

In brief: Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance partner Lawrence Randall has retired from practice. He was managing partner at the firm’s Brussels office, which he set up in 1973. He retired last week, aged 52, and is replaced by Yves Herincx.

A new formula for the Patents Court?

Described as over-priced and overly-political, but nevertheless envied for its proactive attitude to reform, Matheu Swallow investigates the ‘fuzzy’ old world of the Patents Court. The Patents Court, a branch of the Chancery Division of the High Court, has established an enviable reputation. At a time when the number of claims issued in the Commercial […]

Hidden cost in mergers, says survey

Newly-qualifieds at US firms are earning up to double their UK counterparts, prompting speculation that Clifford Chance may have to bump up wages for junior lawyers to bring it in line with New York merger partner, Rogers & Wells. A survey of 150 London firms by recruitment consultants Garfield Robbins shows US firms are paying […]

News International brings US lawyer to run UK and Europe

News International is importing a US lawyer to head up the group’s commercial legal affairs in UK and Europe. Jay Itzkowitz, senior vice-president and associate general counsel of News America, senior vice-president, legal affairs of Fox Television and senior vice-president, legal affairs of Fox Entertainment, begins his role as director of legal affairs for News […]

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