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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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Dentons asks employees to work four-day week for six months

Dentons UK and Middle East LLP is asking all of its employees to work a four-day week for six months, with partner drawings reduced by 20 per cent for the same period. The firm has made the announcement as part of its wider package of Covid-19 measures, aimed at combating the financial impacts of the […]

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Macfarlanes and Simmons lead on sale of Covid-hit publisher

Macfarlanes and Simmons & Simmons have led on a recent magazine publishing company takeover, as coronavirus hits the printing world. Macfarlanes advised private equity firm Epiris on the sale of TI Media, a large UK publisher, to media company Future. The Bath-based buyer, meanwhile, was advised by Simmons & Simmons. TI Media, formerly known as […]

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Clifford Chance freezes pay as part of Covid-19 measures

Clifford Chance has announced internally that it is freezing pay for its employees, while also deferring partner profit distributions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A portion of anticipated bonuses are also being pushed back to November, as part of a wider package of stringent measures, The Lawyer can reveal. Partner profit distributions have been postponed, […]

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