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Can UK employers claim the furlough grant while employees are on notice? Clarity is required.

Notice Pay during Furlough Leave The latest Treasury Direction for the furlough scheme, updated on 26 June 2020, could modify the effect of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. New wording at paragraph 2.2 may be interpreted to suggest that notice pay cannot be claimed through the scheme. With retrospective application, employers require clarification from HMRC […]

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Pinsents strikes £25m deal with litigation funder

Pinsent Masons has become the second City firm this year to secure a million-pound partnership with a litigation funder, as disputes practices seek to provide clients with preferential rates in cases. Augusta Ventures and Pinsent Masons have had a longstanding relationship, which will be strengthened further through the £25m agreement to fund future claims. The […]

Barrister examines costs orders against litigation friends and infants

Costs lawyer specialist Stephen Goodfellow of No5 Barristers’ Chambers puts the spotlight on the liability of a litigation friend and infants following Barker v Confiànce Ltd and others [2019] EWHC 1401 (Ch). Mr Goodfellow examined the High Court judgment on June 5, 2019 where Mr Justice Morgan considered the principle as to the circumstances where a […]

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Magic circle and US firms win roles on Thomas Cook rescue bid

Clifford Chance is among the firms advising as Chinese conglomerate Fosun confirms its proposed rescue bid for airline Thomas Cook. The deal would see investment company Fosun inject £750m into Thomas Cook as part of a proposed recapitalisation and separation of the group. Corporate partner Tim Lewis and finance partner David Towers led from Clifford Chance […]

Time to rethink media coverage rules in employment tribunal cases

The press pack outside the London Central Employment Tribunal is a sure sign that somebody’s reputation is going to be irretrievably sullied by the afternoon’s media coverage. The waiting press pack outside the London Central Employment Tribunal is a sure indication that, within a matter of a few hours, somebody’s reputation is going to be […]

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