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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


Govt legal head joins Bank of England

The Bank of England has a new senior lawyer. Juliet Wheldon, who has been Treasury Solicitor and head of the Government Legal Service since 2000, has replaced Len Berkowitz, who has held the post from early 2005. Paul Jenkins, a solicitor who has previously worked in the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department […]

Jude awakening

Embarrassment over at media boutique m-Law the other day, when a high-profile US lawyer (Tulkinghorn will spare his blushes by not revealing his name) phoned the firm to ask if “you were any relation to Jude?”. That would be a “no”.

Change of course

After 15 years the LPC is about to get a facelift, but what could this mean for providers and employers? After years of discussion and consultation, the Training Framework Review now has a real impetus. Legal Practice Course (LPC) providers await the final version of the new LPC Framework which, it is intended, will apply […]

OFT ordered to pay credit card costs in ‘unusual’ CAT decision

In A highly unusual move, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has ordered the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to pay costs to intervener Visa Europe in the high-profile credit card fee arrangements probe. The OFT has also been ordered to pay costs to the appellants Mastercard UK Members Forum (MMF), Mastercard International and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) after […]

Richards Butler wins judicial review application for GNER against ORR

Richards Butler has succeeded in an application for judicial review on behalf of the Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) against the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR). On 27 July Mr Justice Sullivan granted GNER’s request for a judicial review into the ORR’s decision to grant access rights for the East Coast Main Line to Hull […]

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