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The role and importance of the Post Implementation Review (PIR)

By Shaun Zulafqar As the world begins to move out of lockdown measures in response to COVID-19, companies and their boards will begin to reassess their business continuity plans not only to further strengthen them in the event of another incident or a second wave but also to identify lessons learned and develop narrative reporting […]

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.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to take on the California market after hiring five new partners from US firms. The magic circle firm has a group of laterals from Davis Polk & Wardwell, Sidley Austin, Latham & Watkins, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. At the helm of the new outpost are Sarah Solum, who was […]

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Slaughters to open up London HQ next week

Slaughter and May is looking to reopen its London office next week, the latest of the City players to confirm plans of a gradual comeback. From next Wednesday, the firm will reopen doors to staff on a limited basis, with a small amount of employees expected to attend. The firm is understood to have been […]

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Kirkland alumni club: Willkie secures double-partner hire in London

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has secured its long-awaited hire of two partners from Kirkland & Ellis, as they join former colleague Claire McDaid to expand its City private equity team. Gavin Gordon and David Arnold are to join Willkie in the City, following on from the firm’s hire of Dechert tax partner Jane Scobie last […]

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