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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


Howrey relaunches in City with antitrust drive

US firm Howrey is shaking up its London office, as the firm seeks to raise its profile in the City. The firm is ramping up its London antitrust practice, transferring key partners from Brussels to its UK base as part of a wider restructuring. European antitrust head and co-managing partner for Brussels Trevor Soames said: […]

Business with more bite

The food and drink sector remains key to the continued growth of businesses in the Midlands and has faced several significant challenges in the past year. The sector has undergone the pressures of the exacting standards not only of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), but also wider challenges from Ofcom, the supermarkets (for example, the […]

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 […]


Norton Rose set to launch in Tokyo

Norton Rose set to launch in Tokyo” />Norton Rose is to open an office in Tokyo before Christmas to take advantage of Japanese companies investing in the Middle East. While no launch date has been set, the office will support Japanese-backed projects in the Middle East and will target sponsors and financial institutions. Peter Martyr, […]

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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