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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 […]

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Paying the price

Employers seeking to place their pension debt under government control in a bid to avoid insolvency are finding the Pension Protection Fund and the Pensions Regulator anything but a soft touch. In the good old days the UK labour market was filled with school-leavers intent on sticking with their first employer until their three score […]

Jobs: moves roundup

• Former Irwin Mitchell partner Lesley Graves has joined Sheffield firm Ashton Morton Slack as a consultant in the personal injury division. MOVE OF THE WEEK • Former Irwin Mitchell partner Lesley Graves has joined Sheffield firm Ashton Morton Slack as a consultant in the personal injury division. • Memery Crystal has strengthened its dispute […]

Hammonds: 2 out of 3

Hammonds managing partner Peter Crossley’s mantra is “business, business, business”. Top of the PEPs Revenue PEP Table Hammonds managing partner Peter Crossley’s mantra is “business, business, business”. Crossley prides himself on managing his lawyers not as part of a profession but as part of a business. And like with many businesses in the current climate, […]

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Planning Bill in Lords: a moment of truth for Labour

Labour’s controversial Planning Bill, aimed at speeding up the planning process for projects such as airports and nuclear power stations, is likely to transform the role of lawyers in the planning process. Labour’s controversial Planning Bill, which is aimed at speeding up the planning process for big projects such as airports and nuclear power stations, […]

Magic circle keeps US rivals at bay with record year

Bumper times for the UK’s top firms as they beat US giants with £1bn-plus revenues The magic circle ­ hierarchy remains intact after Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters published their financial results for the 2007-08 year. All four magic circle firms now boast turnovers of more than £1bn, with Clifford Chance remaining the world’s […]

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