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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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Gender pay

Osborne Clarke improves partner gender pay gap in latest figures

Osborne Clarke has revealed the gender pay gap among its partners has dropped to 16 per cent (both on an average and median basis), as it publishes its second round of reporting for its highest-earners. The firm has attributed the gap reduction to the increase in the number of women in higher-paid roles, making up […]

Better late than never: A&O finally gets granular on gender pay gap

Allen & Overy (A&O) has finally released its partner pay gap figures after months of criticism from the UK Government for not “coming clean” on the data. The move comes after its magic circle peers bowed down to pressure from MPs over the summer, who requested the firms release their gender pay gap for partners. […]

Gender pay gap: Freshfields and Slaughters bow to pressure on partner figures as A&O refuses to budge

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have released belatedly their gender pay gap for partners, while Allen & Overy (A&O) has been called out for “refusing to comply” with MPs’ requests for the data. The publication of results follows a long-running inquiry by the UK Government’s Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee into the […]

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