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Can UK employers claim the furlough grant while employees are on notice? Clarity is required.

Notice Pay during Furlough Leave The latest Treasury Direction for the furlough scheme, updated on 26 June 2020, could modify the effect of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. New wording at paragraph 2.2 may be interpreted to suggest that notice pay cannot be claimed through the scheme. With retrospective application, employers require clarification from HMRC […]


Napier steps down from LSB after probe

Irwin Mitchell senior partner Michael Napier has resigned from the Legal Services Board (LSB) after the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) reopened an investigation into him and the firm. Irwin Mitchell had failed in its attempts to prevent satirical magazine Private Eye from publishing details of the complaint. The Ministry of Justice said last Thursday (28 […]


Weil, Herbies help Cobra charm its way back to financial health

Herbert Smith and Weil Gotshal & Manges have won roles in the administration and subsequent rebirth of Cobra, the popular curry-house beer. Stephen Wilkinson Cobra went into pre-packaged administration with debts of around £100m, to re-emerge under the joint ownership of ­Canadian brewer Molson Coors and Cobra founder Lord Bilimoria. Weil advised Cobra in the […]

India’s FoxMandal boosts partnership with Khaitan hire

Indian firm FoxMandal Little has hired IP specialist Vinay Dwarkadas from the Mumbai office of rival Khaitan & Co. Dwarkadas, who was a senior associate at Khaitan, joined FoxMandal as a partner today. In a statement FoxMandal’s managing partner Som Mandal said Dwarkadas’ depth of experience and energy would be a welcome addition to the […]

Herbert Smith staff accept redundancy deal

Herbert Smith has concluded its redundancy consultation with all those due to leave the firm opting for voluntary redundancy. The firm revealed plans to cut 84 positions in April, while also freezing salaries at 2008-09 levels. It said sufficient number of staff had opted to accept the redundancy programme, so it would not have to […]

Employment: Bonus of contention

Executive remuneration and the cash bonus have become one of the hot topics of this recession. Huge payments to staff at financial institutions have lent themselves to headlines and sweepingly critical perceptions of the banking industry. The public consensus is that bonuses awarded to bankers were a key factor in causing the current crisis, encouraging […]

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