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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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Quartet of QCs team up to scrutinise UK’s furlough scheme

Four silks from separate chambers have strayed from usual custom to come together in a bid to create a detailed and publicly available analysis of the UK Government’s furloughing scheme. The collaborating authors include Littleton Chambers’ David Reade QC, Old Square’s Michael Ford QC, 11KBW’s Sean Jones QC and Caspar Glyn QC of Cloisters, all […]

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Partner profit distributions on hold at Clyde & Co

Salary reviews and promotions are being delayed until later in the year at Clyde & Co, with the firm today confirming its package of measures to tackle the coronavirus crisis. Up until now, Clydes, Clifford Chance and CMS were the only firms in the UK Top 20 not to have announced any changes to their […]

Hausfeld unveils £1m litigation pot for Covid-19 claims

As law firms across the world implement a wave of financial contingency measures, Hausfeld has opted to take a different route in a bid to maintain business, boldly reserving £1m worth of its lawyers’ time to pursue coronavirus-related claims. As part of a firmwide initiative, involving partners, associates and trainees, Hausfeld is looking to attract […]

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Furloughing is a moral tightrope for law firms

Everyone knew there would be moral hazard issues with the UK Government’s furlough scheme when it was announced. All companies, including law firms, now have the option of moving a portion of their staff salaries onto the taxpayer without worrying about paying redundancy packages, regardless of how financially secure their balance sheet is. Tottenham and […]

Hogan Lovells to furlough UK staff and postpone lawyer bonuses

Hogan Lovells is furloughing up to 30 UK employees and suspending salary reviews and bonus payments worldwide, as part of wider measures to keep costs down during the Covid-19 crisis. Salary reviews and bonuses for lawyers in the firm’s UK and Asia Pacific offices, due at the start of May, will be postponed. Associates in […]

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