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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 […]


Lawyers dub Bar 'too old fashioned'

In-house lawyers have used the Bar conference platform to issue a stark message to barristers in private practice: “If you want work from us you’ll need to get your act together.” A panel of employed lawyers criticised what it called the Bar’s old-fashioned attitudes and the failure by some to understand the needs of business. […]

Consumers back will writing standards

The Consumer Association (CA) is backing the Law Society’s call for regulation of will writing as the society prepares to launch Make a Will Week. A survey highlights the problems faced by will-writing companies which struggle when legacies are not “run of the mill”. The report emphasises the advantages of using solicitors who are professionally […]


Anne McGrath says insolvency law reform is still high up on the Government’s agenda. The Queen’s Speech has come and gone with n’er a royal whisper of the proposed reform of insolvency law, which Secretary of State for Trade and Peter Mandleson have been strongly pushing for. But the DTI has confirmed that it is […]

In my experience

“I went to Guildford for my part one and to Lancaster Gate for my part two. I remember that one took place in the middle of articles so it was like going back to being a student. It was a nice escape from the office. The teaching methods were like a crammer and the rooms […]

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