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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 […]


On the move

Leeds-based Walker Morris has poached the head of Hammonds’ commercial dispute resolution team in Leeds. Move of the week Veteran partner David Williams has been at Hammonds since joining as an assistant solicitor in 1988. He joins Walker Morris as a partner in its ­commercial dispute resolution practice, ­bringing the number of partners in the […]

Ashurst makes rare senior appointment

Ashurst has made the first hire into its City corporate department since 2008 with the capture of Nabarro financial services regulation head Rob Moulton. Moulton joined Nabarro as a partner in 2005 from Linklaters, where he had been a senior associate. He will work alongside international regulatory group head James Perry to grow Ashurst’s non-contentious […]

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Southwark and Lambeth set up joint chambers panel

Southwark Council is to radically overhaul how it uses the bar by teaming up with Lambeth Council to create a chambers panel. The neighbouring London authorities have agreed a four-year deal that will see them share the cost of instructed counsel. Southwark has budgeted to spend £1.5m on barrister instructions over the next financial year, with ­Lambeth […]

LSB approves reduction in cost of practising certificate

The Legal Services Board has approved the SRA’ decision to set the annual practising certificate fee at the reduced cost of £428. The move is part of a concerted effort to overhaul how the regulation of the profession is funded. Under the new system the costs of the practising certificate will be met by the […]

King & Spalding prepares for Singapore launch

US firm King & Spalding has announced plans to open its first office in Asia. The firm has applied for government approval to open in Singapore, as it looks to expand its energy and international arbitration capabilities in the region. If given the go-ahead, the new office will be run by global energy head Philip […]

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