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What role does HR have in protecting staff in the physical workplace?

An increasing number of businesses are choosing to return to the physical office, whether that be once or twice a week, or full time. Either way, it is vital that employers ensure that the work environment meets the strict health and safety standards necessary in order to avoid outbreaks of COVID-19 amongst staff members. This […]

The end of normal? Law firm survey 2020

Our 2020 law firm survey, developed in association with The Lawyer, reveals many law firms were ill-prepared for the seismic shock from the coronavirus outbreak. The crisis has cast an uncomfortable light on firms with poor financial management or without the necessary technology infrastructure. The pandemic already appears to be widening the gap between law firms, with some now under real pressure.

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.


The work-life quiz

What was your first ever job? What was your first ever job? Shop assistant in a school uniform outfitters. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Being sent unbriefed and without papers to court to represent a commercial client on a driving offence, with no idea of procedure or what I was meant to do. […]

Shearman loses antitrust head to $3m Cadwalader sweetener

Cadwalader Wicker-sham & Taft has secured Shearman & Sterling antitrust star Steven Sunshine after tabling a dazzling annual remuneration package believ-ed to exceed $3m (£1.6m). As first revealed on www. (3 March), Shearman global antitrust head Sunshine is joining Cad-walader with junior partners Jess Biggio and David Wales. It is understood that Cadwalader beat […]

Salvaging the situation

Eversheds partner Eamon Moloney was happily celebrating his victory in the Best Lawyer Involved in Boats Award at a recent boating bash (extremely prestigious, but not as glam as The Lawyer Awards), when he realised his gong had gone missing. Moloney tramped home depressed while his clients and guests PD Teesport carried on the festivities long into […]

Partnerships for Schools creates first panel

Partnerships for Schools (PfS), the public body designed to support the government’s Building Schools for the Future programme, has appointed a dozen law firms to its newly created panel. Addleshaw Goddard, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Bevan Brittan, Dickinson Dees, Eversheds, Hammonds, Kilpatrick Stockton, Nabarro Nathanson, Norton Rose, Pinsent Masons, Trowers and Hamlins and Ward Hadaway have all […]

CC partners to elect new corporate chief as Childs resigns post

Clifford Chance corporate partners are to face a new management election following chief operating officer (COO) David Childs’s move to stand down as global head of corporate – before the end of his official term. Childs informally announced his decision to relinquish his second role as practice area leader last weekend during the firm’s global […]

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