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Coronavirus: Impact of exceptional and temporary measures on enforcement proceedings [Portugal]

A number of exceptional measures have been introduced in the justice sector. These measures are set out in Law 1-A/2020 of 18 March and Decree‑Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March (as amended by Law 4-A/2020 of 6 April). The measures include exceptional rules on the extension of time limits and of the periods to take judicial steps. The rules will remain in place until the end of the exceptional situation to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat COVID-19.

Covid-19: Returning to work – meeting your legal health and safety obligations

Key points: HSE receives 10% increase in its budget to support employers in ensuring a safe return to work Government guidance advises businesses to publish Coronavirus Risk Assessment on their website, with businesses who have over 50 workers “expected to do so” HSE will do spot inspections of workplaces to ensure employees are working safely […]

Furlough and redundancy: Jurisdictional comparison for Ireland, Guernsey and Jersey

The governments of Ireland, Guernsey and Jersey have created payroll co-funding/subsidy schemes in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The rules and eligibility criteria are different in each jurisdiction, as are the laws on furlough, variation of terms, redundancy and collective consultation. In this advisory, we have sought to help businesses with employees in one or more of these jurisdictions to understand the nuances and distinctions that exist under the respective laws.


Keeble bags Standard Life

Yorkshire law firm Keeble Hawson has beaten a slew of other mid-sized firms to secure a lucrative instruction as the leading legal adviser for Standard Life’s new pension product. The firm will become Standard Life’s key adviser for the commercial property investments of its new flagship pension product the Standard Life SIPP (self-invested personal pension). […]


Early dartLast week’s settlement of the mammoth Sumitomo fraud trial has left empty diaries across the bar. The trial, which kicked off just two weeks ago, was set down for 30 weeks. Settling this early means Sumitomo’s counsel Christopher Carr QC and fellow members of One Essex Court are now left twiddling their thumbs and […]

Careers: people

Freeth Cartwright has appointed Ann Critchell-Ward as an associate in its IP and IT team. Critchell-Ward joins from Martineau Johnson, where she worked for eight years. Chelmsford-based firm Wollastons has hired former Olswang lawyer Grace Kerr as a partner in its commercial property department. Kerr has more than 10 years’ experience of mainstream property work. […]

£700m Abacha dispute finally gets to be heard

After five years in limbo, the £700m dispute over funds transferred to the family of the late Nigerian dictator General Sani Abacha finally comes to court this week. A two-day case management conference starting today(1 November) will determine security for costs and introduce a new party to the dispute, which has already cost several million pounds in […]

Skeletons for the closet

Opening arguments are far longer in the UK than in the US and long may this continue. By John McDonnell QC The opening speech by Sir John Duke Coleridge (attorney-general, 1871-1873) on behalf of the trustees of the Tichborne Estate was said to be the longest speech on record; but it has been easily surpassed […]

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