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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 […]


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Bryan Cave benefits as Blank Rome exits Hong Kong

Bryan Cave has hired two partners in Hong Kong from US rival Blank Rome, which has recently closed an office in the city. The two partners that have joined Bryan Cave’s Hong Kong office are corporate partner Kristi Swartz and commercial litigation partner Nigel Binnersley. Both were previously partners at Blank Rome’s Hong Kong office, […]

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BVI firm O’Neal Webster moves into London with former Walkers partner

British Virgin Islands (BVI) firm O’Neal Webster has launched a London office, headed up by former Walkers partner Christopher McKenzie. McKenzie joined the firm in May from Walkers, where he headed the private client team in the BVI.  The firm plans to focus particularly on cross-border trust and estate work in London, as well as […]


Job Watch: Scotland

As the legal profession watches Semple Fraser call in the administrators and Dundas & Wilson reports a slump in net profit it is hardly surprising that the rumour mill is abuzz with talk of the Scottish market’s demise.  The region has certainly seen its fair share of turbulence. Frasia Wright, managing director of Frasia Wright […]

Opt-in privacy regime in the pipeline for a California ballot initiative

On 17 July 2013, former California state senator Steve Peace (director of the film Attack of the Killer Tomatoes) and trial lawyer Michael Thorsnes filed a potentially revolutionary draft ballot initiative with the California Attorney General’s Office. If approved by voters, it would amend the California Constitution to establish a broad opt-in privacy regime with […]

Taylor Wessing cuts 22 support staff roles in admin re-jig

Taylor Wessing is set to axe 22 secretarial roles as its redundancy consultation involving all 96 of the firm’s current UK-based secretarial staff comes to a close. The firm said that the cuts, first announced six weeks ago (18 June 2013) are in response to an “in depth analysis” of its secretarial resource. As a result, […]

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