Hybrid Working Arrangements

As many employers are now looking to move forward with their return to the office / site arrangements, now is a timely reminder of the measures that employers should be considering if they are moving towards a blended or hybrid working model for some / all of their workforce. We touched on the issue in our April 2021 edition, but here is a helpful reminder.

Adopting a hybrid type model will require a vast culture shift for many organisations.  Set out below are some key practical and legal considerations for employers who are looking to adopt a hybrid model moving forward:

Berry Smith Celebrating Triple Nomination at Dealmakers Awards

Leading Welsh law firm, Berry Smith, is celebrating the success of a triple nomination at the Wales Dealmakers Awards 2021 this Autumn.

The awards, which are set to be held on 9th September 2021 at the Mercure Holland House hotel in Cardiff, will recognise the top acquisitions, funding deals and buyouts in Wales, bringing together the businesses and individuals who made them happen.

Pandemic clauses in Leases – what’s the latest?

Kelly Cassemis, Commercial Property Associate at Berry Smith Lawyers, considers pandemic clauses within commercial leases.

COVID-19 has had a substantial impact on all aspects of daily life and business. Recent case law provides an interesting insight into the emerging impact of pandemic induced rent suspension clauses in commercial leases. Two recent cases; WH Smith and Commerz Real Investmentgesellshaft MBH and Poundland Limited v Toplain Ltd have had an impact within the context of commercial lease negotiation.

Berry Smith sign up to Legal Sustainability Alliance

Berry Smith has recently joined the Legal Sustainability Alliance, a network of leading UK based law firms committed to sharing best practice and to work together to ensure that the legal sector plays its part in improving its environmental performance.

Membership includes measuring and monitoring carbon emissions to commit to Net Zero by putting sustainability at the heart of the member’s business, and taking action to make further improvement.  

Mutual Wills - What Will you do?

Mutual Wills are different to Mirror Wills. Most couples who have made their Wills together, will have Mirror Wills. Mirror Wills are so named because they reflect each other (for example, on the first death everything passes to the survivor and on the second death, everything passes to your children). Mutual Wills, however, are a different concept and as family situations are increasingly more diverse and complex, are becoming more relevant and popular

COVID-19 FAQ’s concerning the “Pingdemic”

Many will have seen in the news recently that a number of employers across England and Wales are facing staff shortages as a result of what is being termed the “pingdemic”. Recent figures have shown that more than 600,000 people in England and Wales between 8th – 14th July 2021 were notified/”pinged” by the NHS COVID-19  app to self-isolate for 10 days after their apps deemed them to have been in close contact with someone who had tested positive for COVID-19.

Annual Leave: FAQs

With the sun shining, employers may be receiving a higher number of annual leave requests than usual as COVID-19 restrictions start to ease and from staff that are keen to make the most of the good weather. With that in mind, this article considers some frequently asked questions regarding holiday entitlement in the workplace.

How much annual leave are staff entitled to?