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.

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Giambrone, once again, is a finalist in the top legal wards in the category of Best Law Firm in Southern Italy and the Isles 2020

Giambrone, once again, is delighted to announce that the firm has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious Top Legal Awards, in the category the Best Law Firm in Southern Italy and the Isles in 2020. Alessandro Gravante, senior partner, commented “Top Legal is the most distinguished organisation in the Italian legal sector that assesses and […]

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By Andrew Graham, Amy Leech Our Shoospeak HR podcast considers the recent increase in cyberbullying within the workplace and some of the issues employers are facing as a result. Shoosmiths colleagues Andy Graham, Amy Anderson and Amy Leech discuss the rise of cyberbullying within the workplace and some of the key issues employers are facing […]

New EU address requirement for food and drink labelling after Brexit

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