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For some firms WFH policies were a tick-box thing. Not any more.

Within the space of five days from Monday 16 March, working from home (WFH) became the new normal for the vast majority of the population. Lives and habits changed instantly. You’ve probably already enjoyed at least one Zoom cocktail party, reacquainted yourself with your children and perhaps joined an online choir? From a legal market […]

Turning corporate lawyers into restructuring specialists won’t be easy

As companies continue to look to the government for survival in the coming weeks, restructuring practices across the City, which had been kept arguably lean until now, are sure to need extra hands in the coming months. Across law firms, corporate associates are poised to be drafted onto restructurings and workouts. The mass redeployment of […]

Smiling frogs: the mid-tier firms bouncing back

Last summer, one of The Lawyer’s cover stories focused on the UK mid-tier. It put forward the proposition that many of the firms outside the UK top 50 were ‘boiling frogs’ – surfing comfortably on the surprisingly small amount of growth needed to maintain market position without necessarily adapting to the slowly changing conditions that […]

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The ups and downs of US firms in London

In this episode The Lawyer editor Catrin Griffiths and deputy editor Matt Byrne discuss the impact of coronavirus, the latest US financials season, and whether law firms are actually listening to their clients on one of the biggest issues in the world today.

New QCs at a time of change: the silks of 2020

As 114 new silks celebrated their success in the 2020 Queen’s Counsel appointments, they were also marking the end of an arduous selection procedure – all for the honour, pride and privilege of securing those two prestigious letters that can reshape a legal career.  Finally gaining the QC kitemark gives some barristers a sense of […]

Revealed: The top appeals of 2020

It isn’t just the High Courts that are set for a busy year, with both the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court set to hear a range of cases, involving the likes of the Iranian Ministry of Defence, Secretary of State for the Home Department, Sports Direct and Mastercard. There’s plenty of work to go […]

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Covid-19 case study: how Trinity Chambers tackled the digital challenge

The old saying goes that necessity is the mother of invention, and this has been starkly demonstrated within the legal industry over the past few weeks. ‘Necessity’ here is represented by the Covid-19 pandemic, and ‘invention’ by the rapid pace with which professionals have had to rethink the way that they operate while coping with […]

Latest briefings

High Court sentences directors to prison for breach of anti-suit injunctions

In Dell Emerging Markets (EMEA) Ltd v Systems Equipment Services SARL, Mr Justice Henshaw handed down sentences of between nine and 18 months to the directors of one of Dell’s Lebanese distributors for procuring breaches of anti-suit injunctions. The Defendant (“SETS”) was a non-exclusive distributor of Dell products in Lebanon under an international distributorship agreement […]

Isle of Man Charities Registration and Regulation Act 2019

The final provisions of the Isle of Man Charities Registration and Regulation Act 2019 (2019 Act) came into force 1 April 2020. Whilst, the 2019 Act updates the registration and regulation provisions which were previously contained in the Charities Registration Act 1989 (1989 Act), it does not consolidate all of the Charities Acts. The main […]

Covid-19 – An employer’s duty to report (RIDDOR)

The Health and Safety Executive have clarified that, in certain limited circumstances, employers do have an obligation make to a report under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013, or RIDDOR.

Covid-19: Federal Council implements new measures to facilitate the delivery and use of electronic signatures

Electronic signatures have been suddenly gaining traction and interest as the governmental measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 make it difficult for contracting parties to sign agreements with wet ink, in the traditional manner. Swiss law provides for certain categories of electronic signatures. In particular, a qualified electronic signature legally equates to the traditional […]

Coronavirus: Impact on penalties – Portugal

Are there any behaviours which, within the context of a public health epidemiological crisis, could be punishable under criminal law? And under administrative offense law? Among the catalogue of crimes aimed at repressing anti-economic and public health offences, the law provides for and punishes as a crime the acquisition of essential goods, such as medicines, […]

Coronavirus: Impact on the management of tax obligations – Portugal

Are there any transitional social security measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19? Regarding social security, it was sought to ensure the social protection of beneficiaries who are temporarily prevented from exercising their professional activity by order of the health authority, due to the danger of contagion by COVID-19, notably: Temporary impossibility of exercising the […]

Covid-19: Insurance coverage – is it triggered?

The insurance industry is, of course, in the business of risk and is well placed to respond to this pandemic. While it is still too early to determine potential impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and some insurers consider the impact on them will be relatively limited, insurers will certainly be bracing themselves for a wave of notifications.

Coronavirus: is your landlord still providing services?

The Covid-19 global pandemic is changing usual working practices. How does the government’s requirement that people only leave their homes to work if it cannot be done from home affect the usual operation of buildings?

Mortgage payment holiday: Government measures on Covid-19 and considerations for lenders

By Robin Penfold The Chancellor announced that homeowners will be able to claim a three month break from their mortgage repayments if they are unable to repay because of Covid-19. For many consumers, a mortgage is their biggest financial commitment, and the Government’s approach aligns with the FCA’s expectation that lenders will grant flexibility on […]

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