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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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Bakers adds to M&A bench with White & Case hire

Baker McKenzie has poached another lawyer from White & Case, its fourth hire from the US firm in the space of under a year, as it seeks to pursue its transactional growth strategy. Peter Lu joins Bakers as a partner and head of the firm’s China group in London. He was previously a counsel in White […]

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Rare loss for White & Case as Bakers hires capital markets duo

Baker McKenzie has taken on two new partners from White & Case’s London office, after a series of hires into its banking and finance teams last year. Capital markets partners Rob Mathews and David Becker will join Bakers’ corporate finance practice. Both partners, who specialise in high yield, were partners at US outfit White & Case for […]

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Bakers unveils largest City promotions round since 2010

Baker McKenzie has promoted seven lawyers to partner in London, as part of a global round of 81 new members worldwide. The seven in the City include Helen Brown and Julia Hemming in IP/tech, David Hart and Phelim O’Doherty in private equity, Sarah Porter in the banking and finance team, James Robinson in competition and […]

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