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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 Central Housing Investment Consortium (CHIC) of social housing providers and local authorities has appointed 22 firms to its new £15m panel.  The contract is divided into three lots; corporate, governance and finance, housing and asset management, property and development across England and Wales. Firms that have been added to all three lots include Bevan […]

Shearman adds to arbitration arsenal with Bird & Bird hire

Shearman & Sterling has snagged an arbitration partner from Bird & Bird in London. Garreth Wong joins the US firm after seven years at Bird & Bird. He joined in 2013 and was made partner in 2014. Prior to that, he was a barrister at Matrix Chambers before moving to private practice. He spent time […]

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Falkland Islands Government seeks new head of legal

The Falkland Islands Government is seeking a new head of legal. The role, based in the capital city Stanley, will lead a small team providing legal advice to all areas within the Falklands Island government and the government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. The team includes the Islands’ prosecution service and child […]

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