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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 […]


Magic circle loses out in Barclays’ panel rejig

Magic circle firms have had their positions on Barclays’ legal panel reduced ­drastically following a radical shake-up of its roster. The bank’s latest panel review of its UK and US firms, announced last ­Friday (1 July), has introduced a new US subdivision on its general advisory panel, as well as cutting back magic circle firms’ presence on […]

Petronas Energy’s first general counsel moots legal panel

Petronas Energy Trading, the European arm of the Malaysian energy giant’s gas trading business, has appointed its first in-house lawyer. Nailesh Rambhai has moved to the company to lead the team, joining this week from Coventry Building Society. The company currently instructs Kew-based energy specialist LXL, which was founded by former Clifford Chance partner Alan […]

Work Life Quiz: Anna Gregory, Gunnercooke

What was your first-ever job? Waitress in a wine bar in Sheffield, where my love of wine started. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee? Photocopying litigation papers overnight and then not realising they were in bundles for a reason. I managed to completely destroy a partner’s week of work. I still cringe every […]

Ken Macdonald QC

News Corp turns to Matrix silk over Met payment claims

Matrix Chambers’ Ken Macdonald QC, the former Director of Public Prosecutions, is acting for the board of News Corporation over allegations that its tabloid News of the World (NotW) made inappropriate payments to Metropolitan Police Service officers. Earlier this year the High Court ordered private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who was alleged to have hacked into several […]

John Smart

Opinion: UK business remains unprepared for Bribery Act

While we seem to have been on an eternal countdown to the twice-delayed ­implementation of the Bribery Act, its passing on 1 July finally marked the advent of greater regulatory scrutiny of UK companies. But despite having years to become compliant, the evidence suggests that organisations’ HR, training and ­recruitment policies remain woefully underdeveloped, leaving […]

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