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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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Week Ten: The Apprentice analysed…

Things are hotting up on The Apprentice with Sir Alan putting the remaining wannabes under intense pressure. In week 10 of the show Britain’s most belligerent boss sent the five candidates to a television shopping channel where they had to pick and sell products to a live audience. Debra excelled and won a special mention […]

Herbies finds 84 volunteers to take redundancy

Herbert Smith has concluded its redundancy consultation with all those due to leave the firm opting for voluntary redundancy. In April the firm revealed plans to cut 84 positions from its London practice while also freezing salaries at the 2008-09 levels (20 April). In a statement released today Herbert Smith said it had received “sufficient […]

New signing prompts Atkins name change

Libel and privacy lawyer Mark Thomson is to join West End boutique Atkins Solicitors from media firm Carter Ruck. Thomson will join the firm as a named partner and Atkins will rebrand as Atkins Thomson. The media partner has been instructed in several high-profile cases and has acted for celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Keira […]

Freshfields secures South African media merger role

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been instructed by South African company MTN Group to advise on its merger with mobile ­operator Bharti Airtel. Freshfields partner Bruce Embley advised MTN on the deal, which could see the company acquire a 36 per cent interest in Bharti, with Bharti acquiring a 49 per cent shareholding in MTN. Bharti […]

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