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6 simple ways law firms can use Live Chat

We detail 6 different ways that law firms can use the chat tool on their websites to benefit the visitor (and potential client), and in turn benefit the firm.

Sleep-in shifts not counted towards National Minimum Wage

Last week the Supreme Court decided to dismiss the latest appeal in the Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake case and confirmed that time spent sleeping on site during a sleep-in shift will not count towards a care worker’s National Minimum Wage (NMW).

ESG in the social housing sector

In this podcast, Debra Cooper, Banking & Finance partner at Shoosmiths, chats with Marcos Navarro, a Director and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Lead on the Housing Finance Team at NatWest, about their commitment to the social housing sector and why ESG is so important to them.

COVID-19 twelve months on in the workplace

This podcast reflects on and discusses some of the measures currently being considered by employers to keep their workplaces safe twelve months on from the start of the pandemic.

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Lord Justice Leveson should recommend a regulator that has teeth under a system that preserves freedom of expression, which will be no small task, says Gideon Benaim It is crystal clear to everyone, including the leaders of the three main political parties, that self-regulation hasn’t worked; so Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations should be for independent […]

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Cuatrecasas chief cleared of tax fraud as judge dismisses case

A judge in Barcelona has dismissed allegations that the chair of Iberian firm Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira, Emilio Cuatrecasas, committed tax fraud totalling an estimated €3.7m (£2.9m). Investigating magistrate José Antonio Cruz de Pablo has dismissed the case on the grounds that there was no evidence to suggest that Cuatrecasas or his ex-wife had avoided paying […]

Catrin Griffiths

Partners do protest too little

Lawyers have become a docile lot. The corporatisation of law firms and the increasingly regimented nature of partnership has produced ranks of professionals who tend to do what they’re told. As Joshua Freedman argues (see City Analysis), one reason why Norton Rose has been able to pull off a series of mergers is because the […]

Korieh Duodu

Impossible task

Freedom of speech is likely to be the scapegoat of Lord Justice Leveson’s report, says Korieh Duodu Before we can look at what Lord Justice Leveson should propose, we have to grapple with his terms of reference – this was a knee-jerk political move to stave off critics of Number 10’s cosy relationship with certain […]

Ashurst defers partner payouts after first-half turnover slump

Ashurst partners will not receive distributions this quarter after the firm decided to defer profit payments. The move follows news that firm’s half-year revenues were down 6 per cent for the first six months of 2012/13 compared with the same period last year (23 November 2012). It also comes amid a change in the firm’s […]

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