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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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Shoosmiths enlisted on collapse of LateRooms.com

Shoosmiths is acting on the collapse of package holiday companies Late Rooms and Super Break, after its parent company Malvern Group failed to secure a sale of the business. Manchester-based restructuring partner Sarah Teal is acting for KPMG, which has been appointed as administrator today, alongside senior associate Hollie Wrigley and Hannah Gaskell. The firm […]

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Huge cast of firms claim mandates on Thomas Cook fallout

Ashurst has joined the throng of firms advising on the collapse of holiday group Thomas Cook, taking on the key role for the official receiver, KPMG and AlixPartners. Attempts to rescue Thomas Cook from insolvency failed overnight. Ashurst, which is advising the official receiver and special managers, has fielded a team led by restructuring head […]

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Magic circle and US firms win roles on Thomas Cook rescue bid

Clifford Chance is among the firms advising as Chinese conglomerate Fosun confirms its proposed rescue bid for airline Thomas Cook. The deal would see investment company Fosun inject £750m into Thomas Cook as part of a proposed recapitalisation and separation of the group. Corporate partner Tim Lewis and finance partner David Towers led from Clifford Chance […]

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Bristol firm enlisted in surprise buyout of Patisserie Valerie

Burges Salmon has been summoned to the rescue of scandal-struck café chain Patisserie Valerie, which has been bought by an Irish private equity company. Corporate restructuring partner Andrew Eaton is acting for Causeway Capital Partners, which has rescued Patisserie Valerie from its administrators KPMG for an undisclosed sum. Prior to joining Burges Salmon in 2016, Eaton […]

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Linklaters and Charles Russell Speechlys pair up on Stonegate pub buyout

Linklaters and Charles Russell Speechlys have acted together on another of British pub Stonegate’s acquisitions, following on from its takeover of cocktail bar chain Be At One in the summer. Stonegate has snapped up Bar Fever Limited, which operates 32 late night bars in UK towns and cities, under brands such as as Fever, Boutique, Zinc and Moo Moo. Linklaters advised […]

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