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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.



Linklaters bolsters Middle East practice with Abu Dhabi launch

Linklaters has bulked up its presence in the Middle East by launching a new office in Abu Dhabi. The firm’s Middle East managing partner Sarosh Mewawalla is at the helm of the office, while partners Paul Kruger and Nick Garland will be relocating to Abu Dhabi from the firm’s New York and Dubai offices respectively. They […]

Norton Rose banking partner returns to City from Frankfurt

Norton Rose banking partner Tomas Gärdfors has returned to London after eight years in the firm’s Frankfurt office. Gärdfors left the London offering for Germany in 2003, having joined Norton Rose in 2000. He started at the firm’s More London Riverside office this week. The Swede’s practice will remain focused on acquisition finance. He said […]


CC rallies the troops for massive Asian onslaught

Strategy aims to double Asia and Australasia turnover by 2014 Clifford Chance’s ­management gave partners a rousing battle cry to ­pursue the firm’s conquest of the Asian market in its annual partnership ­meeting, which was held in London at the end of June. Under the slogan ’World of Opportunity’, the strategy addressed the firm’s ambitious plans for expansion in […]

Trio of firms win spots on Halfords’ first-ever panel

UK firms DWF, Foot Anstey and Pinsent Masons have scored places on Halfords’ first panel of external legal advisers following a competitive procurement process. Foot Anstey and Pinsent Masons have previously advised the UK retailer, which specialises in car products and bicycles, on an ad-hoc basis while the appointment represents new client work for DWF. […]

Samantha Mangwana

RJW promotes six to partner status

Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) has promoted six to its partnership, with four made up in the firm’s employment team. In London, Samantha Mangwana, Claire Dawson and Harriet Bowtell have joined the employment partnership, while Jennifer Ainscough has been made up in the Manchester employment team. White collar crime specialist Craig McAdam will become a […]

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