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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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A&O partner joins ex-colleagues in Milbank HK move

Milbank has made its first partner hire in Hong Kong in five years, as capital markets partner Alex Tao joins the US firm from Allen & Overy. Tao was a partner at Allen & Overy’s Hong Kong office for nearly four years. Prior that he was a counsel at Davis Polk & Wadwell, where he […]

Gateley boosts borrowing capabilities by £20m

Listed law firm Gateley is anticipating a boost in revenue for the current financial year, forecasting that turnover will be no less than £108m for 2020; an increase of £4.5m. This is despite a series of recent measures put in place by the firm, including an expansion of its working capital facilities of up to […]

Webinar: Climate change – surviving the next crisis

Businesses are currently operating in a volatile climate where change is hard to predict. Yet an increasing number of scholars are vocally reminding us that the environmental crisis must not be forgotten amid the pandemic. While the coronavirus is the biggest challenge the world has faced in a very long time, it should not distract companies from their commitment to sustainability and fighting climate change. How can businesses weather the climate crisis and what can we learn from the Coronavirus? Can we move the dial from reactive to proactive? The first day of The Lawyer’s In-house Financial Services virtual conference kicked off with a keynote from the Environment Agency’s deputy director for innovative funding finance Andrew Sissons. In his 30-minute presentation, Andrew explained the enormous economic impact and dislocation that climate change will undoubtedly have if organisations and individuals do not heed the warnings. In the audience Q&A that followed, he particularly stressed the importance of corporates having a carbon budget: “As well as having a financial budget, you also need to have an idea of how much carbon you can afford to spend and make sure that you spend it efficiently”. Complete the form below to access the 30-minute webinar touching on issues such as: What are the similarities between the Coronavirus and climate change? What lessons are worth leveraging and re-evaluating? What does the sector need to do going forward, to remain strong and sustainable? Is there a fundamental change needed to the way business is conducted for a more economically viable world?   Speaker: Andrew Sissons, Deputy Director for Innovative Funding Finance, Environment Agency

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