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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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Exclusive: Quinn hikes London associate salaries in response to US payouts

A week after Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan announced a bumper pay increase for US associates, the firm has decided to reward its City lawyers with a salary rise of up to 19 per cent. The new payscale will see first year post-qualification (PQE) lawyers paid £125,000 per year, increasing to a maximum of £245,000 […]

Simpson Thacher hands out $25K bonuses as rivals debate associate pay

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has become the first law firm to follow Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy’s surprise increase in associate salaries, with further bonuses announced for its lawyers worldwide. The scale at Simpson will match Milbank’s, it was announced yesterday. This means first year associates will pick up $190,000 while lawyers with eight years […]

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Milbank challenges Cravath with bumper increases in associate pay

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has set a new bar for US associate salaries, increasing newly-qualified pay to an industry high of $190,000. The rise puts it above trendsetter Cravath Swaine & Moore, which last upped associate pay for first years in 2016 to $180,000. Lawyers with eight year PQE will pick up $330,000, based […]

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