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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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White & Case to cut up to 95 jobs in London

White & Case to cut up to 95 jobs in London” />White & Case is expecting to cut between 80 and 95 legal and support staff jobs in London as part of a firmwide round of lay offs that will see 400 people lose their jobs. As reported by TheLawyer.com yesterday, the US firm has […]

G20 questions

On 2 April, the G20 will publish a list of offshore jurisdictions deemed ripe for regulatory overhaul. Politicians set their sights on the offshore world some time ago, but with western economies now in meltdown it has become an urgent matter. Offshore lawyers are becoming increasingly vocal about their work in response to ever growing […]

Southwark Council scrutinises panel firms

Southwark Council is preparing to launch a review of its panel firms at the same time as setting up its first-ever barrister panel. The authority is due to retender law firm contracts this year, but has the option of extending contracts until 2010. Southwark employs around 80 lawyers, with the team led by director of […]

Nick Page, Bond Pearce

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with? Russell Brand – he thinks he’s funny and I don’t. Bond Pearce” />What was your first-ever job? Plunging jam into doughnuts at a bakery. What was your worst experience as a trainee? I was sent to check out a company before a client […]

Pitmans pledges to double City lawyer count

Reading-headquartered firm Pitmans has vowed to double the size of its London office as it takes over a three-partner private client firm. Managing ;partner Christopher Avery said he wants to increase the size of the London office from 15 fee-earners to 30 as soon as possible. The firm has recently taken on a new 6,000sq […]

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