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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.


ILP appeals for pro bono talent for overseas work

The International Lawyers Project (ILP) is looking for City lawyers who have been made redundant to help develop overseas projects. The ILP, which is based at Clifford Chance’s Canary Wharf headquarters and is funded by sponsors including all the magic circle firms, aims to encourage lawyers to get involved in the equivalent of voluntary service […]


Private equity: more lawyers in the house

Nearly half the lawyers working at private equity houses are having their salaries ;significantly enhanced through receiving shares of fund’s profits. The news comes as an increasing number of ­private equity houses look to hire in-house counsel, with Apax the latest house searching for an internal lawyer. Bridgepoint ;hired ­Travers Smith partner Charles Barter (pictured) […]

The political and the personal

“This is an unsettling time for everyone,” runs the Allen & Overy (under)statement. You can say that again. What’s going on in the magic circle at the moment feels savage, but that may just be because of its contrast with the top-of-the-world confidence found at the same firms two years ago. Smaller firms, which have […]

Tower Snow makes return to private practice

The former Brobeck Phleger & Harrison chairman who masterminded Clifford Chance‘s ill-fated US West Coast venture has resurfaced in private practice. Tower Snow will join San Francisco firm Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin as a securities litigation partner after spending three years as an independent consultant. Snow said: “I was obviously disappointed with […]

Banking & Finance Special Report: Crash and learn

As financial institutions look back at their restructuring practices, it has become clear that lessons need to be learnt from past mistakes. The explosion of restructuring work since the start of the year means an increasingly large number of hedge funds, banks, agents and advisers are poring over 2005-07 leveraged loan deals. Now is the […]

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