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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 reaction of the vast majority of people to the news that my husband and I bought a village pub is one of excitement and enthusiasm, with a touch of wistful “I’ve always thought I’d like to do that”. The wise few ask “Are you mad?” Over the last six months, I’ve queried my sanity […]

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The Virus Diaries: DWF’s Milan partners on going into lockdown

More than coronavirus itself, what keeps lawyer Tancredi Marino awake at night is the anguish caused by the lockdown. “I am a fatalist. If it gets me, it gets me,” the Milan-based DWF tax partner says, stuck in his home. The claustrophobic inability to move is a feeling that he grapples with on a daily […]

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City trio act on £80m sale of Ted Baker’s HQ

Addleshaw Goddard, Greenberg Traurig and Forsters have seen through the £80m sale of Ted Baker’s London HQ to the British Airways’ Pension Fund (BAPF). Addleshaws corporate M&A partners Simon Wood and Andrew Rosling acted for Ted Baker, alongside co-head of the firm’s real estate sector William Boss. The stricken retailer bought the 8,920 sq ft […]

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The listed law firms face their biggest challenge yet

Any firms who have ever considered an IPO should take note after the recent market turmoil. You can virtually hear the sighs of relief emanating from the Mishcon de Reya partners who were set against an IPO – a much-touted policy that was publicly shelved yesterday (24 March). As shares stumble and fall, the lawyers […]

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