Gideon Habel reflects on lessons that can be learnt from the case of a trainee dismissed during lockdown

As we move out of all covid-19 restrictions, the legal sector will be turning its collective mind to the return to the office and, at long last, to starting the process of putting in the rear-view mirror an extremely challenging 18 months.

While SRA-regulated practices have fallen casualty to the pandemic, it has been inspiring to watch how the sector has, in general, adapted, survived and thrived under the unforeseen and unprecedented circumstances.

A recent case before the employment tribunal, however, brought into sharp focus the realities and challenges the pandemic has posed not only to firms, but also the impact it has had on individuals working in the sector who have lost their jobs as a result.

The case put in l...

Gideon Habel
Leigh Day

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