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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



Data protection: A4e

Chris Peel In April 2010, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) was given radical new powers to fine ­companies and bodies that breach the rules on data protection, and in November that year public sector ­contractor A4e took on the ­dubious mantle of becoming the first – along with ­Hertfordshire County Council – to be fined. […]

The defame game

Those good, honest folk who populate the nation’s newsrooms will be throwing their trilbies in the air in triumph this afternoon after the MoJ published its long-awaited draft Defamation Bill (see story). The red tops in particular have had something of a rough ride over the last few months, what with the draconian measures being […]


Political fallout from Fukushima puts energy projects in jeopardy

Energy lawyers fear the worst for future and current nuclear deals in wake of disaster. Last week, as Japan continued to count the human and economic cost of the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami, the ­leading law firms in Tokyo were making the safety of their lawyers and staff their top priority. All of the […]

Uría Menéndez mourns death of founding partner Iglesias Prada

Slaughter and May best friend Uría Menéndez has announced the death of one of its founders, Juan Luis Iglesias Prada. Iglesias Prada passed away in Madrid on Friday (11 March), aged 69. He was due to retire from Uría later this year. Iglesias Prada joined Uría in 1981, becoming a partner in 1982. He was […]

Simon Hodson

Beachcroft wins mandate to handle Jubilee Insurance’s motor claims

London insurer Jubilee Insurance has appointed Beachcroft to run off the claims for its motor insurance business. Beachcroft will inherit 14 new staff members, who will Tupe over to the firm when the deal goes live in April. Those staff are currently based in Sidcup, but the business will be run from Beachcroft’s Birmingham and […]

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