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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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RPC’s profits dip in year of muted revenue growth

RPC’s profit per equity partner (PEP) dipped to £424,000 in the financial year 2019/20, while revenue nudged up slightly. The firm’s PEP figure had grown by a staggering 27 per cent to £433,000 the previous year. Over 2019/20, RPC’s revenue went up by 1.3 per cent to £110m from £108.6m. Revenue refers to the performance […]

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HFW reveals record turnover and double-digit PEP growth

HFW’s revenue hit record levels over 2019/20, as the firm targets a September return to the office in London.  Revenues went up by 9.1 per cent, with the firm recovering from a flat year in 2018/19. In the last 12 months, turnover increased from £178.9m to £195.2m.  The latest hike means revenue has increased by […]

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The deals that closed last week: Covid-19 vaccines and restaurant sales

Following the UK Government’s investment in the front-runner coronavirus vaccine from AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, it has announced a new £100m cash boost to develop the infrastructure for a Covid-19 vaccine. Clifford Chance, Eversheds Sutherland and Travers Smith banded together on the Government’s investment in the Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult, to accelerate […]

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