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COVID-19: Where now for Employment Tribunals?

Recent reforms to the Employment Tribunal system and a move towards virtual hearings are intended to boost hearing capacity and access to justice. We consider the developments to the pre-existing approach and what this means for employers. Justice in slow motion?

Winding up petitions: High Court guidance

Regulations laid before Parliament yesterday seek to extend the current restrictions on the presentation of winding up petitions to 31 December 2020. However, there will inevitably come a time when these temporary restrictions are lifted.

Covid-19 guidance for courts in Northern Ireland – Civil Actions

On 23 September, the Lord Chief Justice’s Office issued Covid-19 Guidance for Civil Actions which applies to all civil actions in the High Court and County Court from 1 October 2020. This Guidance is an attempt by the Office of the Lord Chief Justice to have the civil courts undertake as much business as possible during the pandemic.

Running a charity at a time of crisis: reputation management tips for the third sector

Charities are undoubtedly invaluable to society, but regardless of their admirable aims, they are not immune to experiencing a crisis. This fact has come sharply into view amid the coronavirus pandemic, with charities currently experiencing , caused primarily by a drop in donations. This financial hit has left charities especially vulnerable, leaving the door open for mistakes and wrong decisions to be made. But there are steps you can take before and during a crisis to shield against reputational fallout


Tom Crone

Position: Former News International head of legal A week after James Murdoch implied that his lawyers had failed to inform him about the extent of Hackgate, Tom Crone resigned from the company. A stalwart of the Fleet Street legal set, Crone is highly regarded in media circles and is seen as a tough negotiator. In 2007 he told a parliamentary select […]


The Lawyer Management: Just Costs

Mark Beaumont is head of business development for the London office of Just Costs Solicitors. He is the initial point of contact for business across southern England having joined the firm’s City base in early 2009 from his own company, ExecSearch. How has your role changed during your time at the firm? When I joined, […]

Sarah Webb

Position: Payne Hicks Beach partner Payne Hicks Beach partner Sarah Webb began advising private investigator Glenn Mulcaire when she was a partner at Russell Jones & Walker. She moved to private client firm Payne Hicks in February this year, taking her clients with her (The Lawyer, 7 February). Working on both the claimant and defendant […]


Sleazy come, sleazy go

Bulgaria is fighting hard to emerge from the long shadow of corruption In brief Bulgaria is a country with much potential, but there are a number of hurdles to be overcome before the jurisdiction can make the most of the opportunities it offers. A perception of corruption lingers and the legal market still has some […]

Weil Gotshal promotes last of Lovells private equity team to partnership

Weil Gotshal & Manges has promoted London lawyers Samantha McGonigle and Simon Lyell to its London private equity partnership six years after the trophy hire of their private equity team from Hogan Lovells legacy firm Lovells. The pair joined the New York-headquartered firm as associates in 2006, when Weil launched a fresh attack on the […]

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