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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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Latham puts London at the heart of this year’s promotions

Latham & Watkins is to promote 31 lawyers to partner globally, with the firm announcing more promotions in London than in any other of its offices. A total of nine lawyers will be made partner in the City, while there are 21 promotions across Latham’s US offices. Six lawyers have been made up in New York, […]

New York Stock Exchange

Orrick and Latham advise on FarFetch float

Orrick, Latham & Watkins and Fenwick & West have taken the lead advising on luxury online retailer FarFetch‘s IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. Latham & Watkins is advising FarFetch, with a capital markets team led by New York partners Marc Jaffe and Ian Schuman, and London partner Joshua Kiernan. Orrick is acting for a […]

Macfarlanes and SJ Berwin on either side of Wagamama sale

Macfarlanes and SJ Berwin have claimed the leading mandates for rival private equity houses on the £215m sale of noodle bar Wagamama. The Japanese-style food chain has been sold by Lion Capital, advised by SJ Berwin, to Duke Street ­Capital for more than ­double what the private equity seller paid for the company in 2005. […]

DLA Piper called in as Gourmet Burger Kitchen becomes latest food chain to face CVA

DLA Piper is advising Gourmet Burger Kitchen as it becomes the latest food chain to succumb to the casual dining crunch, initiating a company voluntary arrangement (CVA). The DLA Piper team is being led by global co-chair of restructuring Michael Fiddy and partner Chris Parker, as well as legal director Rowan Aspinwall and senior associate Faith […]

London

The speed read: lawyer burnout, uncomfortable ideas and a merger of note

The week opened with some unexpected news. Baker McKenzie announced that its chair, Paul Rawlinson, is taking a step back from day-to-day management of the firm, and was candid that it was “in response to medical issues caused by exhaustion”. It is a difficult message to send out, but we can report that the market-wide reaction has […]

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