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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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CMS’s former IP head sets up boutique after forced exit

The former head of IP at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang (CMS), who was asked to leave the firm last year, has launched a specialist advisory boutique. Joel Barry, who was a legacy Olswang partner and joined CMS after its three-way merger with Nabarro in 2017, exited CMS last April. The firm said at the time: […]

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Taylor Wessing cuts 28 roles after Liverpool consultation

Taylor Wessing has confirmed that 28 positions will be cut following the opening of a new base in Liverpool, over a year since launching a consultation process in business services. The 28 figure is slightly less than the 34 that was initially projected. In a statement the firm said it is “pleased to report it […]

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Skadden fills restructuring gap with Milbank recruit

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom has made its third lateral hire in five months in London, bringing on board a restructuring partner from Milbank. The US firm has hired Peter Newman, a partner from Milbank’s financial restructuring group who was with the firm for over 15 years. He fills a void left by retired restructuring […]

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