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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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Osborne Clarke promotes five-strong cohort

Osborne Clarke has made up five new partners, promoting lawyers across all three of its UK offices. The firm has announced a slimmer round as opposed to last year, when it promoted eight partners. The promotions happened across its corporate and private equity practices, as well as project finance and disputes, with a focus on […]

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Stephenson Harwood proceeds with bonus payments amid pandemic

In contrast to the trend of altered bonus payments throughout the City, Stephenson Harwood has opted to proceed as normal due to strong financial results. The firm’s chief executive Eifion Morris confirmed the move on Wednesday, with employees set to receive bonuses “without delay or deferral of any part”. However, this positive development comes as […]

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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 […]

Stephenson Harwood unveils Hong Kong-heavy promotions round

Stephenson Harwood has made up just two partners in London in its latest promotions round. The firm announced today that six lawyers have made the grade, with Hong Kong taking the largest share of four partners. The two newly-appointed London partners are corporate lawyer Jonathan Bridcut, who specialises in private M&A, joint ventures and corporate […]

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