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.
The moratorium on commercial landlords exercising forfeiture rights for non-payment of rent will be extended in England until at least 31 December 2020 Here we explain the changes and examine the likely impact of this extension on commercial landlords and tenants.
The High Court has now handed down judgment in the eagerly awaited test case brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (‘FCA’) against 8 insurers to determine whether policyholders can make business interruption (BI) claims for losses arising from disruption and closure of their businesses caused by Covid-19.
We answer the top seven employment law questions on moving your workforce from kitchen table to office desk.
In response to major concerns that combustible cladding is not explicitly banned under statute, the Department of Finance (DoF) considers that in addition to longer term reform, there is scope for action in relation to external fire spread in Northern Ireland.
By Shaun Zulafqar As the world begins to move out of lockdown measures in response to COVID-19, companies and their boards will begin to reassess their business continuity plans not only to further strengthen them in the event of another incident or a second wave but also to identify lessons learned and develop narrative reporting […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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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Two senior lawyers have resigned from DWF’s advocacy division, The Lawyer can reveal; a group set up in 2017 to provide clients with an alternative to the external Bar. Jonathan Robinshaw and Sahar Farooqi are both set to leave the firm, having held the titles of head of advocacy and director of advocacy respectively. Robinshaw has […]
DWF’s Brussels team is set to join Crowell & Moring, after the former closed its Belgian outpost as part of a wider restructuring exercise. Head of DWF’s WTO & international trade practice Vassilis Akritidis will join Crowell on 1 October with associate Lorenzo Di Masi. It is understood that at least one other associate is […]
Osborne Clarke has pledged to reimburse reduced salaries if the firm hits its year-end targets, after introducing the measures to combat the financial pressures of the pandemic. The firm implemented several cash conserving measures in May to help it manage the impact of the lockdown, including a seven per cent pay cut for staff earning […]
After announcing growth in both turnover and average profit per equity partner (PEP) for 2019/20, Russell-Cooke has confirmed it is repaying staff who took pay cuts over lockdown. Reduced salaries in line with fewer working hours was just one of the Covid-19-related measures introduced by Russell-Cooke in spring, as the firm also deferred partner profit […]
Outer Temple has voted in a new head of chambers, following the retirement of Christopher Gibson QC earlier this year. Gibson will be replaced by Sarah Crowther QC – who is the set’s first female head of chambers. She has also been appointed as Outer Temple’s head of health. Crowther was called to the Bar […]
DWF has hired an insurance team from Keoghs to spearhead the opening of a new UK office. The firm has taken on 13 lawyers who will populate the firm’s eleventh outpost in the country, located in Southampton. Keoghs partners Rachel Coombs, Sarah Parker and Stuart Giddings join alongside ten other members of staff who specialise […]