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Green light for smart legal contracts?

The Law Commission has published its advice to the UK Government on the formation and enforceability of smart legal contracts, in which some or all obligations are defined or performed by code.

New paid sick leave for employees in British Columbia

Effective 1 January 2022, all employees, whether part-time, full-time, indefinite or fixed-term, working in British Columbia, who are protected by the provisions of the Employment Standards Act, and who have been employed with the same employer for 90 days or more, are entitled to take up to five (5) paid days off from work if they experience personal illness or injury.

Bermuda: A growing hub for the life sector

Bermuda has become a flourishing focal point for long-term insurance and reinsurance, offering the Island’s economy an increasingly lucrative pillar. Brad Adderley, partner at law firm Appleby, explains what it means for Bermuda.

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Slaughter and May

Slaughters’ hourly fees revealed in latest Government mandate

The hourly rates of a Slaughter and May team involved in a multi-million-pound UK Government mandate were disclosed in public records released earlier this week. The firm won a contract worth £3.9m to provide legal advice and support services to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government around a project to help homeowners who […]

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Obituary: Stephen J Doggett

The legal community is mourning Stephen Doggett, one of the law’s most prominent communications professionals, who passed away last weekend.

Back to the office: what firms are doing

Far from being a complete return to normal, law firms across the country opened their doors a little more this month. How have they been preparing and what can staff expect from their old offices? Slaughter and May Slaughters has been less touchy-feely and more prescriptive than most other firms, telling staff to be in […]

Irwin Mitchell scraps chargeable hours

Irwin Mitchell has dropped chargeable hours across the whole firm to accommodate people’s different working needs. The firm carried out a review of its time recording approach at the end of the last financial year, introducing a new model. Irwin Mitchell has traditionally had targets of around 1,500 hours, with discounts in place for various […]

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