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How UK employers can deal with special circumstances of Covid-19

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). As the virus continues to spread extensively, it poses significant challenge to businesses and raises various points of employment law for employers.

COVID-19 and investment protection

As the world grapples with COVID-19, we are seeing some of the most unprecedented State measures of our time. Measures causing severe financial damage to many businesses and industries. Where does that leave foreign investors? Will they be able to claim compensation?

Cayman Islands Employment Update

The first ever electronic meeting of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly on 23 April 2020 considered a number of pieces of legislation, largely in response to the COVID-19 emergency, that are likely to be of interest to local employers and employees. This note is intended to provide a brief overview of the key changes: some […]

Corona Crisis: Amendment of the obligation to file for insolvency in CEE

With the fourth law on COVID-19, the Austrian legislator has suspended the obligation of an overindebted debtor to file for insolvency until 30 June 2020, irrespective of the cause of the over-indebtedness. Some other countries in the CEE region have also adopted measures to combat the consequences of COVID-19 as detailed in the following overview…


LOD targets legal operations with swoop on John Lewis

Flexible lawyer service Lawyers on Demand (LOD) has brought in the head of legal operations at the John Lewis Partnership to boost its in-house focused business line. Starting in March as its first UK director of innovation and design, Maria Passemard will work closely with general counsels at client companies to help them manage their […]

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LOD to open second German base in expansion bid

Flexible lawyer service Lawyers on Demand (LOD) is to open its second office in Germany early next year, as the provider looks to expand its Continental European base. The new office, which will open its doors in early 2020, will be located in Düsseldorf’s centre. It will be helmed by a regional director with responsibility […]

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German flexi-revolution gathers pace as Pinsents launches Vario in Frankfurt

Pinsent Masons is launching its flexible resourcing service Vario in Germany, marking the provider’s first Continental European outpost days after Lawyers On Demand (LOD) opened its second office in the country. Vario, which it is understood now grosses £14m, will open in Frankfurt through the acquisition of local freelance legal provider Xenion Legal GmbH. It […]

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Top-level changes at Pinsents’ Vario as Bond exits

Pinsent Masons has overhauled the senior management of its flexible resource service, appointing former TMP Worldwide director of business development Matthew Kay as the new head of Vario. Kay replaces Pinsents partner Alison Bond, who along with Katherine Thomas, was the co-founder of the contract lawyer service. Both Bond and Thomas have left the firm. […]


The Virus Diaries: the Linklaters partner turned pub owner

The reaction of the vast majority of people to the news that my husband and I bought a village pub is one of excitement and enthusiasm, with a touch of wistful “I’ve always thought I’d like to do that”. The wise few ask “Are you mad?” Over the last six months, I’ve queried my sanity […]

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