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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

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DLA Piper and Hogan Lovells have taken lead roles in a $1.9bn asset swap deal between SABMiller and Turkey’s Anadolu Efes that will create an Eastern European business with combined sales o $3.bn. SABMiller, advised by a Hogan Lovells team led by London partners Maegen Morrison and Andrew Pearson, has signed a strategic alliance with […]

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Flexible Work – more than just an issue of being family friendly

This being Parenting Week, David Cameron and Nick Clegg have refreshed their calls to make workplace legislation more family friendly. But law firms need to think beyond working mums and dads in crafting flexible working policies. The case for flexible work in the legal industry usually centres on working mothers.  Why is flexible work so […]

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DLA Piper confirms move to all-equity model

DLA Piper has unveiled its plans to move to an all-equity partnership model in the non-US side of its business. DLA Piper International currently has a mix of full equity, senior fixed-share equity members and fixed-share equity members, with approximately a third of all partners in each grouping. The firm is now set to launch […]

Chinese firms get in shape to take on Western big-hitters in Hong Kong

With UK and US firms vying for dominance in the Hong Kong legal market, a number of Chinese firms are also emerging as serious contenders in the Asian financial hub. One in particular is King & Wood, which is understood to be in merger discussions with Mallesons Stephen Jaques. Due to China’s regulations regarding profit-sharing […]

Eversheds adds Minters lawyer in Hong Kong as litigator joins US firm

Eversheds’ Hong Kong office has hired veteran China employment lawyer Winnie Ng from Minter Ellison. The news comes following the departure of litigation partner Ronald Sum, who has left to join US firm Blank Rome’s Hong Kong office as a partner. Ng, who was head of Minter Ellison’s China employment practice, will fill the same […]

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