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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.

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Barclays Global Investors scoops Goldman Sachs GC

Barclays’s asset management business has appointed former Goldman Sachs general counsel Michael Crowl as its new global general counsel. Barclays Global Investors (BGI) has appointed former Goldman Sachs global general counsel of investment banking Michael Crowl as its new global general counsel. Crowl spent 13 years at Goldman Sachs, most recently as managing director and […]

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Lord Mawhinney slams football deals

Football League chairman Lord Mawhinney has hit out at the lack of legal integrity in football players’ contracts. Speaking at a conference held by the British Association of Sports and the Law today, Lord Mawhinney said that few clubs and agents have respect for the contracts of their players. “I have lost count of the […]

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 […]

Mills & Reeve travels to China to forge links with local firms

Mills & Reeve is hoping to tap into the flow of work from China by setting up a number of alliances with Chinese firms. Head of the firm’s China group Robert Weatherley said: “We don’t necessarily intend to have an office in China to tap into the market. By forging alliances, they [Chinese firms] can […]

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