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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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Six start-ups join Slaughters first legal tech incubator

Six start-ups have joined the first cohort of Slaughter and May’s new Collaborate incubator, a programme that will focus on the development of new products in the legal sector. The programme, which was launched last February, is led by competition partner Anna-Lyle Smythe and capital markets partner Nilufer von Bismarck. The concept was designed and […]

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Slaughter and May: Number one for tech talent

Slaughter and May offers its fee-earners the most intensive technology support of the UK 100, exclusive data provided to The Lawyer reveals, with almost two-thirds of the largest firms decreasing the ratio of fee-earners to technology staff. This means lawyers now have more technology support available than ever before, as the increasing use of technology to […]

Slaughters’ shrinking partnership: Firm makes up fewest lawyers since 2013

Slaughter and May has announced its smallest promotions round since 2013, with just two lawyers promoted to partner in London and Hong Kong. Corporate finance and M&A lawyer Harry Bacon in London and M&A and capital markets lawyer Jing Chen in Hong Kong will join Slaughter’s partnership in May 2019. Bacon joined Slaughters as a […]

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