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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


On the move

Walker Morris has hired ­regulatory consultant Peter ­Atkinson from the Leeds office of Pinsent Masons, where he was a partner. Move of the Week Walker Morris has hired ­regulatory consultant Peter ­Atkinson from the Leeds office of Pinsent Masons, where he was a partner.  UK LONDON Weil Gotshal & Manges has hired Allen & […]


NCTM ups China, East Asia offering

Italian law firm NCTM Studio Legale Associato has ­strengthened its presence in China and East Asia. The firm has appointed Hermes Pazzaglini as a salaried partner to build its operation in Shanghai. A fluent Mandarin speaker, Pazzaglini has worked in Asia for the past 18 years, previously for Baker & McKenzie, Barlow Lyde & Gilbert […]

Work Life Quiz: Ann Harrison, Stephensons Solicitors

Who is your hero and why? My husband, for putting up with me. Ann Harrison What was your first-ever job?I worked behind the bar in a Labour Club run by my parents. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?I cannot decide which was worse: being absolutely slated by a very bad-­tempered district judge for […]

Olswang acts for US shock jock against ex-Home Secretary

Olswang media partner Dan Tench has been instructed by US shock jock Michael Savage to launch libel proceedings against the former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. Michael Savage In May the Home Office named Savage as one of 16 people banned from the UK because they had been ­characterised as “preachers of hate”. The list included Mike Guzovsky, a […]

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