Covid-19 and exam chaos: How chambers can help the next generation

With the pandemic, A-level results, and BPTC exam nightmares impacting aspiring barristers, just how are chambers adapting their pupillage assessment and recruitment policies to obtain the best talent in the years ahead?

To say that aspiring barristers have had a hard time of it in 2020 would be something of an understatement. The Covid-19 virus has led to some financially hit chambers – some struggling even before to the pandemic hit – pausing their pupillage intakes for this year and, potentially, even next year, too. The government’s …

An unexpected opportunity to increase diversity

A virtual work experience programme levels the playing field and is an opportunity to reach talented individuals who you may never have had a chance to help and nurture, explains Caroline Wilson, HR director at Kennedys

The global pandemic has undoubtedly restricted our movement and reduced the freedom that we are all used to. But in an unusual and unexpected twist, it has actually helped create some positive opportunities.  When coronavirus started to spread, it became clear to us at Kennedys, like every other business, that we would have to do …

Zooming in on a new Nirvana

Were legal sector innovations during lockdown a stop-gap to keep the body of justice breathing or will the use of remote technology now become the default setting, wonders Paul Kirtley of Exchange Chambers

Since the implementation of the UK lockdown in March, the justice system has relied upon the use of remote technology to keep its heart beating.  Remote video conferences and hearings have ensured the continued administration of justice and, more generally, communication between professional and lay clients. The UK and the rest of the world are …

Covid-19 and the mental health crisis at sea

The ongoing crew change crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic raises humanitarian concerns as well as a disruption to global trade, warn HFW’s Jean Koh and Emilie Brammer

Covid-19 has triggered many governments to prevent the transfer of seafarers through their territories to and from their home countries and vessels. This has left some seafarers stranded and others unable to join vessels to earn income. Governments attending the International Maritime Summit on Crew Changes noted deep concerns regarding this ‘global crew change crisis’, summarising …

Inside the UK’s longest remote hearing

3 Hare Court’s Simon Davenport QC and Tom Poole along with Humphries Kerstetter’s Toby Starr and James Russell give their thoughts on working inside one of the largest virtual trials under the new Covid-19 court regime

After 25-days the trial of One Blackfriars Limited (in liquidation) concluded in July 2020. The Applicants were represented by Simon Davenport QC and Tom Poole of 3 Hare Court and instructed by Humphries Kerstetter. The five-week liability and quantum trial (professional negligence claim against administrators worth £250m) was the subject of two PTR orders, providing …

Guiding your business through a time of crisis: a lawyer’s guide to Covid-19 in South Korea

On 24 June, The Legal 500 and JIPYONG LLC, a leading law firm in South Korea for over 20 years, presented a webinar exploring how Covid-19 has changed the outlook for South Korean businesses and their lawyers.

Attorneys representing JIPYONG shared their expertise on trends and risks arising in connection with the pandemic. Topics for discussion included: Surviving Covid-19: developments in Korean debt financing How Korea is tracking cases of corona without violating privacy laws Staff reductions and layoffs Legal developments impacting the supply of medical products and the provision of healthcare …

A Lawyer’s Perspective: Key points and guidelines under PRC Employment and Labour law during the COVID-19 crisis in China

The Chinese employment and labour law has always been driven by the public policy to maintain social stability, which is the country’s top priority. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the employment relationship became a topic full of controversy since the previous commonly adopted law enforcement practice has not been ready in response to such acute situation. …

Banking and financial litigation amid and after the pandemic

The new coronavirus outbreak has led to a health, human, social and economic crisis, the real impact of which may yet be still to come. Financial institutions have become accustomed to cyclical turbulence and this has helped shaping their resilience to challenging events. But this time, we face new questions: is the financial sector prepared …

Leading your organization through a complex novel crisis: Lessons from the frontlines of COVID-19 in India

The Legal 500 sits down with leading Indian law firm, Legasis Partners, to discuss how the firm are handling COVID-19, and protecting in-house counsel facing an unprecedented crisis. Legasis with its unique blend of professional legal services coupled with its legal tech solutions has not only kept up with the pace of rapid changes in …