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COVID-19: Where now for Employment Tribunals?

Recent reforms to the Employment Tribunal system and a move towards virtual hearings are intended to boost hearing capacity and access to justice. We consider the developments to the pre-existing approach and what this means for employers. Justice in slow motion?

Winding up petitions: High Court guidance

Regulations laid before Parliament yesterday seek to extend the current restrictions on the presentation of winding up petitions to 31 December 2020. However, there will inevitably come a time when these temporary restrictions are lifted.

Covid-19 guidance for courts in Northern Ireland – Civil Actions

On 23 September, the Lord Chief Justice’s Office issued Covid-19 Guidance for Civil Actions which applies to all civil actions in the High Court and County Court from 1 October 2020. This Guidance is an attempt by the Office of the Lord Chief Justice to have the civil courts undertake as much business as possible during the pandemic.

Running a charity at a time of crisis: reputation management tips for the third sector

Charities are undoubtedly invaluable to society, but regardless of their admirable aims, they are not immune to experiencing a crisis. This fact has come sharply into view amid the coronavirus pandemic, with charities currently experiencing , caused primarily by a drop in donations. This financial hit has left charities especially vulnerable, leaving the door open for mistakes and wrong decisions to be made. But there are steps you can take before and during a crisis to shield against reputational fallout


FCPA Update — anti-corruption compliance in 2013: post-guidance trends and signals for the future

Debevoise & Plimption has published its FCPA Update for January 2013. The lead article concerns anti-corruption compliance in 2013, focusing on trends and signals for the future. Subsequent sections Overview of corporate and individual enforcement actions in 2013 Key observations relating to 2013 enforcement actions Major corporate resolutions of 2013 Declinations Individual resolutions of 2013 […]

The riches of Wragges

Wragges has bitten the bullet. It is ditching its cherished all-equity model in order to accommodate the merger with Lawrence Graham. That is some cultural shift. Wragges to relinquish all-equity model as it gears up for LG tie-up The tough choices facing Wragges and LG Wragges and Lawrence Graham prepare for £170m merger vote Why […]

Competition in energy markets — assessment framework

It is rare to hear someone argue that energy prices are low, or even that they are just right. The usual mantra is that energy prices are too high, that the energy market is dominated by a few large companies and that these companies unfairly skew the market for their own purposes. Although there is […]

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Café Murano, St James

I’d broken my no lunch rule, just before Christmas. A few mouthfuls of delicate and delicious Vitello Tonnato, a client called and I had to leave. Completions at lunchtime. The curse of the property lawyer. By this point I can feel your incredulity. No lunches? But it’s true. My eating out is generally done at […]


Cooley posts 9% revenue rise for third year running

California firm Cooley has posted record financial results for the 2013 year, reporting a 9 per cent rise in revenue to its highest-ever total of $674m. It is the third year in a row that Cooley has achieved revenue growth of at least 9 per cent. In 2012 it posted a similar uptick, with revenue […]

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