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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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The Lawyer Awards shortlist: the sets vying to win Specialist Chambers of the Year

London is rich in talent at the specialist bar, and the sets shortlisted for the new category of Specialist Chambers of the Year have shown considerable acumen in growing their businesses. Residential property specialists Tanfield Chambers has seen significant financial growth over the past five years, with a particularly strong performance in 2018 when it […]

Raab, not Johnson, leads Tory leadership race when it comes to lawyer endorsements

Boris Johnson may be the hot favourite to replace Theresa May as Conservative leader – and Prime Minister – in the party’s leadership race, but he has so far failed to attract the initial support of Parliament’s lawyers. Initial indications suggest that Johnson has 42 supporters among the Tory MPs who will whittle down the […]

Northern barristers chambers eyes move to London

Northern-headquartered Exchange Chambers has decided to make the move to London, after announcing a record turnover in the last financial year. The set is firmly established in the North, with offices in Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds but a revenue of £33.1m in 2018/19 has led the chambers to explore opportunities in London. The set has […]

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird reboots consulting unit with £6m merger

Bird & Bird has completed a merger between its Baseline division and an external consulting firm, creating a combined business worth around £6m. The new business, called Oxygy Management Consulting, sees Baseline join forces with boutique consultancy Valeocon in an effort to help clients embarking in ambitious transformation projects around digital and management issues. Valeocon’s […]

Dentons

Dentons turnover boosted by panel wins, Carillion fees and KKR mega-deal

Dentons is the second international firm to announce its 2018/19 financials, revealing revenue growth of 13 per cent for its UK and Middle East offices. The firm generated a total of £229.8m from £203.1m over 2018/19, two years after its merger with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens. Profit per equity partner increased by 4 […]

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