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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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Knights’ growth spurt continues with acquisition of two more mid-tier stalwarts

Listed law firm Knights has continued its rapid expansion with the acquisition of two firms in the UK 100-200 bracket. Shulmans of Leeds and ASB Law of Crawley are the latest firms to be taken over, following a spate of acquisitions including North West firm Turner Parkinson; Leicester-based Spearing Waite and Cummins Solicitors, as well […]

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Knights completes third acquisition since listing

Revealing today double-digit revenue growth in its first six months as a listed firm, Knights is also looking to streamline its management functions with a new COO from Procter & Gamble. The appointment of Richard King as the firm’s first COO means Knights CEO David Beech can focus more on increasing the firm’s top line, new […]

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Knights plots 60% boost in lawyer numbers ahead of £103m IPO

Knights has set out plans to expand its fee-earner headcount by nearly 60 per cent in the next two years, as the firm gears up for its £103m listing on the alternative investment market (AIM). As part of its admission document, Knights says it expects to recruit more than 200 additional fee-earners, which would take […]

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Less office space, more tech: Eversheds sets out post-pandemic vision

Eversheds Sutherland is setting out a long-term comeback strategy that will see the firm direct investments previously devoted to real estate into technology, with new internal groups mapping out the process. The firm has set up an international core group that is laying out practical steps to reopen its offices in the UK and Europe. […]

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