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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 […]


Rope and glory

After a night spent watching too many Stallone/Schwarzenegger action adventure flicks, we can probably all admit to dreaming of escaping that tedious boardroom meeting with a daring base jump out of the window. However, few can claim to have actually gone through with such a manoeuvre. Lovells lawyers have obviously been watching far too many […]

Linklaters Three join Lisbon’s Rui Pena

A team of Portuguese associates that was asked to leave Linklaters after their plan to quit the firm was found on a laptop has resurfaced at Portuguese independent firm Rui Pena Arnaut & Associados. Banking lawyer Antonio Payan Martins, tax lawyer Patrick Dewerbe and Francisco Almeida in capital markets join dispute resolution specialist and fellow […]

London must stop over-regulating conflicts

Imagine this: MegaCo needs greater resources so it can expand. It decides to pursue a dual strategy – it will invite offers, but at the same time it will prepare for an IPO. It instructs MediumFirm on the possible sale and BigFirm on the IPO. Voracious Inc wants to buy MegaCo. It asks BigFirm, its […]

BT and Microsoft counsel scoop CBI roles

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has named two prominent general counsel as the new chairman and deputy chairman of its competition panel. BT Global Services’ general counsel Tim Cowen will head up the competition panel at the employers’ body. He will be deputised by Microsoft UK’s director of legal affairs, Chris Parker. The appointments […]

Bingham McCutchen scoops second Japanese merger

Bingham & McCutchen has completed its second merger in Japan, combining with New Tokyo in the Japanese capital. The merger brings the total number of lawyers in the firm’s Tokyo office to more than 50 bengoshi and six foreign lawyers. Earlier this year (21 June), The Lawyer reported on firm’s merger with Tokyo-based firm, Tokyo […]

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