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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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Slaughter and May has awarded £15,000 worth of legal services to a car insurance startup after it won a competitive demo from its incubator programme Fast Forward. Startup company By Miles fought off competition from four other ventures in the entrepreneurs’ programme The other companies participating were Digital Fineprint, which helps insurance companies use social […]

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Weil Gotshal secures settlement in $700m energy dispute

Weil Gotshal & Manges has secured a settlement for the sukuk certificate holders of Middle Eastern energy provider Dana Gas in a $700m dispute over a structured Islamic finance arrangement. The firm advised the ad-hoc committee of sukuk holders (AHC) – equivalent to lenders for this type of Islamic debt which included BlackRock and Goldman Sachs […]

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Exclusive: Quinn sacks London partner after investigation into inappropriate conduct

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has dismissed partner Mark Hastings without compensation following an investigation into two allegations of inappropriate behaviour, The Lawyer can reveal. The allegations first surfaced in February with Mishcon de Reya partner Alison Levitt QC drafted in to conduct the firm’s internal investigation. Following the presentation of Levitt’s findings, Hastings was dismissed […]

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Exclusive: Eversheds overhauls bonus structure in strategic review

Eversheds Sutherland has restructured its bonuses for lawyers to reduce the amount of chargeable hour boosts to non-partners, The Lawyer has learned. The cuts only affect lawyers in the legacy Eversheds branch of the firm – Eversheds Sutherland International (ESI) – with one source saying that people left the building in protest following the announcement. A spokesperson […]

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