When homeworking employees refuse to return to the office

Earlier this year, Cabinet Office minister, Jacob Rees-Mogg, urged civil servants to return to the office to ensure Government buildings are at full capacity. A full-scale return to the workplace has been seen across many other sectors and industries, since the remaining Covid-related restrictions were lifted in February 2022. Despite this, there will undoubtedly be […]

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Law firms see massive revenue rise during the pandemic

In 2020–2021, the top 50 law firms increased their revenue to over £20bn, despite being in the beginning stages of a global pandemic. According to analysis by Evelyn Partners, firms in the top 50 recorded operating profits at over 50 per cent. Giles Murphy, of Evelyn Partners, stated that law firms could “take credit for […]

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Too hot to work? The rules around temperature in the workplace

Whilst a spell of glorious summer sunshine would usually make for a welcome change from a standard British summertime, once temperatures begin to soar to 30°C or more, the prospect of still going to work may leave many feeling that it’s all a little too hot to handle. The Met Office has already issued warnings […]

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LEAP appoints Gareth Walker as UK CEO

LEAP, the largest independent provider of software to law firms worldwide, has recently appointed Gareth Walker as CEO of LEAP in the UK and Ireland. Previously Chief Operating Officer of LEAP for five years, Gareth has extensive experience of the LEAP business and the industry. He has worked in legal software for over 15 years and […]

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What is a litigation friend?

In simple terms, a litigation friend refers to someone who can help to make a personal injury or compensation claim on your behalf. Often, this will be required in instances where you have learning difficulties or mental impairments that prevent you from making a claim by yourself. Unsurprisingly, litigation friends are common with brain injury […]

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Will investment in mediation help save the family courts?

Every relationship is unique, as are the reasons marriages break down. Often the end of a marriage is the cumulative result of a combination of factors felt by both parties, rather than the deliberate actions of just one. In those circumstances, it can often be the case that the parties focus on fault and blame […]

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What will the Covid rental arrears arbitration scheme mean for commercial property tenants?

Those operating in the commercial letting sector took many knocks when the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the UK. Where both retail and hospitality are concerned specifically, the mandated closures and restrictive measures imposed had an enormous impact, with the government itself reckoning that there was somewhere in the region of £9 billion in rental arrears still […]

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Instilling a culture of productivity in your legal practice

Covid has had a major impact on legal services. It has seen increased digitalisation across the profession and instilled the need for law firms to be more productive. In just two years there has been twenty years’ worth of modernisation. The most important step change for the next ten years will be understanding that a lawyer’s […]

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Changes to right to work checks – take steps to prepare now

In recent weeks, the Government has announced changes to the ways in which employers can perform ‘right to work’ checks. In response to the news, there have been various press reports warning employers that these changes will be ‘costly’ for employers at a time when many businesses are already struggling to cope with increasing costs. […]

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Are employees entitled to be paid for the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday?

To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Friday 3 June 2022 will be an extra Bank Holiday, with the late May Bank Holiday moved to Thursday 2 June. This additional day will create a four-day weekend for most people, but not everyone, as it depends how their contract of employment is worded and the days they […]

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