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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 rejigs corporate and banking leadership

Allen & Overy (A&O) has announced two new banking and corporate heads, coming swiftly after the firm’s leadership election results. Philip Bowden has been reappointed as global co-head of banking, with Hong Kong-based Vicki Liu stepping into the role of co-head alongside him. She succeeds Amsterdam-based Andrew Thomas, who was in the position for four […]

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Hogan Lovells adds 170 more laptops to cover remote working shortages

Hogan Lovells purchased hundreds of laptops globally, as it emerged not enough equipment would be available when the firm carried out a remote working test last month. The hastened procurement effort was sparked by the realisation, during a firmwide remote working test, that a number of staff members in business services and secretarial functions were […]

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Eversheds mulls cut in monthly drawings in response to pandemic

Partners at Eversheds Sutherland are considering a cut in monthly drawings in order to protect the firm from the economic fallout of Covid-19. The cuts are part of a number of measures that the firm announced today (8 April 2020) to safeguard the non-US side of its business. Eversheds stated that partners have expressed their […]

Beleaguered WeWork loses European GC

WeWork’s first-ever European general counsel has exited after 18 months in the role. Sarah Nelson Smith joined the co-working platform in September 2018 as it looked to ramp up its legal capabilities outside the US. When it started the hunt for a European GC in April 2018, WeWork stated that a separate regional head was needed […]

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