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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.



BLP loans £2.65m to Lawyers on Demand for 20% stake

Lawyers on Demand’s (LoD) first set of accounts since being spun off from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) reveal that the firm gave LoD a £2.65m loan to allow it to acquire 20 per cent of the business for £2.8m. The BLP loan was omitted from the business’ first accounts filing but included in an amended […]

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance adds German banking partner to partnership council

Clifford Chance has named banking partner Barbara Mayer-Trautmann as its newest partnership council member following new Middle East partner Robin Abraham’s election to Middle East managing partner.  Abraham stepped down from the firm’s partnership council in March after winning a spot two years ago. He stood down from the position and gave up his place […]

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells scraps co-head model as Immelt rejigs management committee

Hogan Lovells new CEO Steve Immelt has overhauled the firm’s International Management Committee (IMC), scrapping its co-head model four years after its merger. According to sources Immelt decided it was the “right time” to drop the firm’s dual management structure, with co-heads of corporate Andrew Skipper and Stuart Stein to be replaced by Baltimore-based partner […]

Walker Morris launches mobile guide to employee share schemes

Walker Morris has launched the latest in its series of ‘little green books’. The latest edition is a comprehensive guide to employee share schemes, offering companies a tax-efficient way of rewarding employees and saving money. Simon Concannon, head of tax at Walker Morris, said: ‘In an increasingly competitive environment, it is important to recruit and […]

Training abroad

Pinsent Masons’ move to set up a training contract focused on the Middle East underlines the commitment that firms have to make to grow their own talent, rather than relying on laterals. Hogan Lovells did the same in Moscow and Davis Polk in Hong Kong: who’s next? Pinsents launches joint UK and Middle East training […]

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