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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.


Conyers releases first Cayman Islands company law text

Conyers Dill & Pearman is pleased to announce the publication of the first definitive text on Cayman Islands Company and Commercial Law. The book, published by Sweet & Maxwell Thomson Reuters, has been written by several of the firms senior attorneys. Honourable Anthony Smellie QC, Chief Justice of The Cayman Islands said: “The authors are […]

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Sidley promotes one in London in 24-strong round

US firm Sidley Austin has announced it is making up 24 lawyers to its global partnership but only one will be based in London. Fellow US firms Dechert and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan also announced their partnership promotions rounds this week. Dechert made up 14 partners while Quinn Emanuel boosted its partnership by nine lawyers. Despite this […]

Gateley plc partner elected to Law Society Council

Nick Emmerson, Leeds-based corporate partner at Gateley plc, has become the latest representative for the Leeds constituency on the national Law Society Council, the governing body for the Law Society. In an uncommon turn of events, Nick won in a contested election, after the Leeds constituency was left without a representative, following the former Law […]

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