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Covid-19 Update – Coronavirus, domestic abuse and legal action

The difficulties with court listings and the inability to hold hearings in a normal fashion has now been underway for 6 months. The recent guidance set out in ‘The Road Ahead’ shows there is no likelihood of that changing in the near future. This means there has had to be a reconsideration of what delays are acceptable and what reasons are sufficient to delay final decisions being made for children.

The rule of six: Legal obligations on food and drink businesses in England

Whilst we have very quickly become familiar with the “rule of six”, regulations come in to force today placing a further legal obligation on businesses in England that serve food for consumption on the premises to ensure that, save for in limited exceptions, bookings of more than six people are not accepted.

Landlord’s remedies and COVID-19 – has the pendulum swung too far?

As another week draws to a close, in a time when every day seems to bring unexpected – and often unwelcome – news, the landlord community is reeling – albeit perhaps largely in a somewhat unsurprised and resigned fashion. This is due to the latest announcements from the government affecting the commercial landlord and tenant relationship.


Unison could drop some firms in legal overhaul

UNISON, the second-biggest trades union, is setting out on a major shake-up of its legal panel, involving some of the top names in trades union-related work. Before “rationalising” the panel, which currently has around 12 firms, Unison is to circulate a draft code of conduct to all firms requiring them to perform to agreed standards. […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 02/08/94

SHEILA VALERIE MAISIE TENNANT, solicitors clerk, who worked for Lister Croft, Wakefield, banned from working for any further solicitors without written consent from Law Society and ordered to pay u727 costs. Tribunal told Tennant received a suspended two year jail sentence at Wakefield Crown Court on October 16, 1992, for theft. Sentence imposed after she […]

Litigation Recent Decisions 02/08/94

Challenging subpoena duces tecum for irregularity Khanna v Lovell White Durrant (1994) . (Ch.D (Sir Donald Nicholls V-C) 5.7.94.) Summary: Validity of subpoena duces tecum requiring documents to be produced before the date of the main trial confirmed under the court’s inherent jurisdiction. Application by subpoena’d witness to set aside a subpoena duces tecum where […]

IT in firms

Chester-based practice Walker Smith & Way is implementing new debt collection software. The firm has taken on Norwel’s package, following its previous purchase of the company’s practice management system last year. The practice plans to take on E-mail and network fax facilities. ACE is to supply Bath firm Thrings & Long with a new sys- […]

Shoosmith's holiday line

A LAW firm this week launches a holiday hotline for clients whose fun in the sun turns to pain in Spain. The Reading office of Shoosmiths & Harrison is offering free initial advice to victims of holiday accidents. Paul Paxton, head of the personal injury department, says the service has been set up in response […]

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