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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.

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MoFo ramps up lateral hiring strategy with Kirkland hire

Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has brought in a new partner from Kirkland & Ellis to develop its international arbitration capabilities in London, the latest in a series of hires for the firm. The firm has hired partner Chiraag Shah, who has spent over 12 years in the arbitration and litigation group of the US powerhouse […]

Kirkland and Baker Botts advise BP on sale of Alaskan operations

Kirkland & Ellis and Baker Botts have landed advisory roles on BP’s sale of its Alaska business to US energy company Hilcorp. Hilcorp’s acquisition of the business from BP for $5.6bn ends the British oil company’s 60-year presence in America’s most northerly state. Hilcorp will take over BP’s exploration and production business, as well as […]

Kirkland among US firms acting on $90bn pharma merger

Kirkland & Ellis, Sullivan & Cromwell and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer are the firms involved in the latest deal between US pharmaceutical giants, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene and Amgen, valued at $13.4bn. The deal is related to the $90bn merger between the Bristol-Myers Squibb and Celgene, announced in January, and the sale of Celgene’s skin […]

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Kirkland’s former London head James Learner to retire

The former head of Kirkland & Ellis’s London office is due to retire at the end of 2018. James Learner has been at the US firm since 1987, starting out in Chicago, and in London since 2000. Besides being a corporate private equity partner, he also served on Kirkland’s 15-member global management committee. He left […]

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Kirkland and Travers land roles on BC Partners’ software deal

Kirkland & Ellis has represented BC Partners on its investment into UK software company Advanced, in the firm’s latest advisory role for the private equity house. The US firm fielded a team that included partners David Higgins, Rory Mullarkey and Tom Bartram. Last September, Higgins advised BC Partners on its agreement to acquire majority ownership […]

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