For this next virtual panel discussion, we are excited to be partnering once again with Chamber member Cripps Pemberton Greenish, a law firm which specialises in providing practical and commercial advice to businesses and entrepreneurs. To begin the session, Rhona Darbyshire who leads the employment team at the firm will discuss managing the return of employees to work. Her talk will include practical tips as well as a summary of the latest Government guidance for UK businesses and its associated challenges and pitfalls, including:

  1. health and safety and risk assessments
  2. home working and flexible working patterns
  3. travel to work, childcare and equality issues
  4. data protection and privacy implications of testing or health monitoring
  5. refusals to work

Adam Osieke, a senior associate in the real estate team at Cripps, will then discuss some of the issues that could test the landlord and tenant relationship as we enter the “new normal” way of office working. For example, who ultimately pays for the cost of modifying the common areas of the building so that they are Covid-secure? If the tenant wants to carry out modifications to its own area of the building, will the landlord have to give permission first? And what happens to those alterations and modifications at the end of the lease – can the landlord insist they are removed at the tenant’s cost?

There will then be time for a Q&A with both speakers, which will be moderated by Salim Somjee, a partner in the M&A team at Cripps.


Rhona Darbyshire leads the employment team at Cripps Pemberton Greenish.  She has over 14 years’ experience and is ranked as an expert in legal directory Chambers and Partners 2020. She is known for her commercial and strategic approach and regularly advises clients on commercially sensitive and high value matters (such as negotiating termination packages and the taking of disciplinary action). She has particular experience working with the retail, hospitality and food and drink sectors. She is currently kept busy providing strategic advice to employers looking to balance the needs of their staff and businesses in the context of Covid-19 and its economic consequences.

Adam Osieke is a senior associate in the real estate team at Cripps Pemberton Greenish. He advises on a broad cross-section of property disputes, from commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters through to more specialised property claims.  Adam provides straightforward, strategic advice which is valued by his clients. Most recently, Adam has been advising landlords on their responsibilities as staff start to return to work.

Salim Somjee is a partner in the M&A team at Cripps Pemberton Greenish and has considerable experience advising on M&A and private equity driven transactions, as well as crowdfunding and capital markets. He is ranked as a leading individual for M&A and Private Equity in the 2020 Chambers and Partners legal directory. Fluent in Spanish (with family from Cantabria), Salim advises Spanish citizens and businesses in respect of their interests in the UK.

Date: Wednesday 17th June, 11am – 12pm





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