Gowling WLG ushers in flexible “menu” of working arrangements

Partners at Gowling WLG may not receive their share of partner distributions to keep the firm steady during the coronavirus pandemic. Partner distributions for Gowling’s UK LLP have been deferred and it has made no commitment to pay them. In order to safeguard the firm during the crisis, the firm is also keeping drawings under […]


Addleshaws is latest firm to defer profit distribution

Addleshaw Goddard has chosen to defer its May distribution of partner profits to counteract the economic consequences of Covid-19. The decision comes as the firm has also decided to put some of the paralegals in its transactions services team on the UK Government furlough program. The firm is not understood to be topping up the […]

Inns of Court address barristers’ fears with emergency fund for hardest hit

The four Inns of Court have announced an emergency hardship fund to assist barristers who need urgent help amid the coronavirus crisis. Last month, The Lawyer reported that over 200 junior barristers had signed a letter to the Bar Council and its vice-chair Amanda Pinto QC, asking it to respond to the self-employed income support scheme announced […]

Shoosmiths mulls cut in working hours by 20 per cent

Shoosmiths is considering cutting down partner and staff working hours by 20 per cent to weather the coronavirus pandemic. The firm has said it is consulting with partners and staff on moving to a four-day week, which will be on a temporary, voluntary basis and entail a 20 per cent cut in pay and benefits. […]

Lewis Silkin and Hill Dickinson place staff on furlough

Hill Dickinson and Lewis Silkin are placing some of their non-fee-earners and associates on furlough in response to the coronavirus pandemic, The Lawyer understands. Both firms have taken the decision to use the UK Government’s grant scheme – providing furloughed staff with 80 per cent of their wage. A Lewis Silkin spokesperson said: “Our absolute focus […]

DLA Piper furloughs staff amid coronavirus pandemic

DLA Piper has placed some of its non-fee-earners on furlough in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The firm has furloughed a number of people in its UK property and workplace team. The department provides premises and office services including management and maintenance of DLA’s offices. The firm states that the employees are currently at home […]


McDermott hires second City partner in a fortnight

McDermott Will & Emery has made a second London hire in a fortnight, this time from K&L Gates. Anthony Fine, previously at K&L Gates for six years, will make the move to McDermott’s City office. He had also spent nine years as a White & Case partner prior to joining K&L. Specialising in the infrastructure […]

Simmons is latest firm to delay partner distributions

Simmons & Simmons is to delay partner distributions, echoing similar measures taken across the legal industry to reduce the impact of the fallout of the Covid-19 emergency. On top of the distribution delay, the firm said every decision about pay and bonuses will be deferred until later in the year. A spokesperson for the firm […]

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Slaughters holds back partner profit distributions

Partners at Slaughter and May have been told they will not receive their quarterly distributions following a recent management decision. Senior partner Steve Cooke has suspended discretionary distributions to the partnership to ensure the firm can go forward during the Covid-19 crisis. Holiday allocations have also been addressed by Slaughters’ leadership, with everyone at the […]

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Bird & Bird considers emergency reserve to future-proof firm

Bird & Bird is to withhold a portion of its partners’ upcoming quarterly profits as a precautionary measure against the economic fallout that might stem out of the Covid-19 health crisis. A percentage of quarterly profit distributions will be devoted to a reserve created to sustain the business for the duration of the crisis. A […]

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Womble Bond Dickinson places staff on furlough and defers partner distributions

Womble Bond Dickinson is placing some of its non-fee-earners on furlough in response to the coronavirus pandemic, while it has also deferred partner distributions. The Lawyer understands that one-third of UK staff have been placed on furlough leave, however, their salaries will be topped up to 100 per cent, the firm said. In response to the […]


BCLP grabs two more partners from Paris boutique

The ever-expanding Paris office of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has hired yet more lawyers from a boutique French firm, this time adding in employment and antitrust. The lawyers all join from Franklin; they are antitrust partner Julie Catala Marty, employment partner Claire Fougea and employment of counsel Marion Brière Ségala, who joins BCLP as […]

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King & Spalding loses QC to Wilberforce

Wilberforce Chambers has secured the services of a high-profile silk from private practice, with Stuart Isaacs QC joining the set from King & Spalding. After a five-year stint as a partner in the global disputes team at King & Spalding, the commercial specialist will now resume his practice at the Bar. Isaacs is the second […]

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Forsters lures 10-lawyer real estate team from Orrick

A ten-lawyer real estate team, led by partner Anne O’Neill, is to leave Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s London office for West End firm Forsters. O’Neill joined Orrick in 2005 from the now-dissolved Coudert Brothers, and was one of eight of its London partners to move in one go. She led Orrick’s UK real estate practice […]

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DLA bulks up in restructuring with Paul Hastings hire

DLA Piper has hired one of Paul Hastings’ restructuring partners to bolster its offering in the City. David Manson will jump ship to DLA after just over two years at Paul Hastings, which he joined in 2017 from White & Case. He was a senior associate at White & Case from 2006 to 2012 and […]


Gowling WLG’s Singapore ally chief decamps with entire IP team to CMS

The founder and managing partner of Gowling WLG’s Singapore association firm JurisAsia, Sheena Jacob, has left for CMS with her entire IP team. The move comes three years after the Singaporean IP boutique entered into an exclusive association with Gowling WLG. JurisAsia was launched by former Tan Rajah & Cheah IP partner Sheena Jacob, who is […]


Addleshaws recruits second finance partner from McDermott

A partner from McDermott Will & Emery’s finance practice has left the firm after 18 months for Addleshaw Goddard. Rachel Kelly, who specialises in structured finance and debt capital markets, moves to Addleshaws with fellow lawyer Kerry Pettigrew, who joins Addleshaws as a legal director. Kelly was one of the first partners to depart the […]

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The outbreak and rapid spread of the COVID-19 has roiled markets and disrupted business, threatening the global and local economies. In an attempt to support local businesses to overcome the crisis related to the effect of COVID-19, Cyprus Government have announced a number of TAX measures, which are yet to be finalized and submitted for […]

New 14-day leave for Alberta employees affected by Covid-19

By Maxwell J. Brunette and Bruce Graham A new job protected leave was announced by the Alberta government on March 13, 2020. The general details are as follows: Under the Employment Standards Code (Alberta), employees will be entitled to take a leave of 14 days where they are required to self-isolate or are caring for […]

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Poland: Coronavirus: Impacts on employment in Poland

Information current as of: 23.03.2020 Home Office The new legislation enacted in response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis (“Crisis Act“), allows employers to order any employee employed to perform his/her work determined in the employment contract remotely. The employee’s consent is not required. According to the National Labour Inspectorate, an order to work […]

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