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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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Osborne Clarke is poaching a partner from Liverpool firm Davies Wallis Foyster to expand its pension unit. Kate Ive will be based in Osborne Clarke’s Bristol office, where she will join the firm’s two other pensions partners – Paul Matthews who was appointed a partner in May, and head of the unit Mark Womersley. Gordon […]

Carter-Ruck threatens action against own firm

Libel specialist Peter Carter-Ruck is considering legal action against his own firm in a dispute about its strategy. The octogenarian lawyer, who continues to practise as a consultant at Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners, is in dispute with several senior partners over whether the firm should remain a niche practice or expand. Carter-Ruck says an agreement […]

Henderson Investors reviews its legal panel

Lovell White Durrant, CMS Cameron McKenna, Nicholson Graham & Jones and Lawrence Graham are on tenterhooks as Henderson Investors finalises its first-ever property panel review. The reshuffle comes after Henderson Investors was acquired by Australian company AMP in March 1998 and later merged with AMP Asset Management. A number of firms, including Lovells, Camerons, Nicholson […]

Daily news service launches on The Lawyer's internet site

The Lawyer has expanded its website to include a dedicated daily online news service. The free service, launched last Tuesday, is available on The Lawyer online website – www.thelawyer.co.uk. It is updated every weekday. It includes stories about international and UK law firms, in-house lawyers, government legislation, new products and services, partner moves and deals. […]

City giants and niche firms blur the borders

The distinction between City firms and the EC3 London insurance litigation specialists is dissolving as the groups vie for each other’s work. Catrin Griffiths reports. If the insurance industry is suffering from overcapacity and soft rates, then so is the legal market. At the volume end, firms are being squeezed; at the high end, where […]

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