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Coronavirus Portugal: Simplified lay-off

The simplified lay-off is an exceptional and temporary measure aimed at maintaining jobs in companies in a business crisis, which may choose between reducing normal working periods and/or suspending employment contracts.

Possibilities for a better London

This year the Silicon Valley comes to the UK (SVC2UK) Summit was held virtually and included a discussion on “London: a ‘Good Growth’ Recovery” between Natalie Campbell, the recently appointed CEO of Belu Water (the social enterprise company which fulfils the water requirements of the UK’s catering sector, giving most of its profits to WaterAid) and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.

West of Scotland entering level 4: Implications and FAQs for hospitality businesses

As expected the First Minister announced that hospitality in the West of Scotland and in some Central and Eastern areas* will enter level 4 of the Protection Levels Framework for a three week period as of 6pm on Friday 20 November 2020 effectively locking down hospitality businesses and non-essential retail.


Trio of tie-ups boosts global arbitration

SJ Berwin has ramped up its new standalone international arbitration practice by entering into formal agreements with special counsel in India, China and Austria. The firm has struck non-exclusive memorandums of understanding with George Q Fu of Chinese law firm Watson & Band in Shanghai, Dharmendra Rautray from Indian firm Kachwaha & Partners and Susanne […]

Future unsure for right wing Italian MEP

The Likelihood that Italy’s nominee as the new EU Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security will take up his post has become extremely unlikely, with the European Parliament forcing a withdrawal of the entire new European Commission, which was due to start work on 1 November. Existing Commission president Romano Prodi and his existing commissioners […]

News Corp general counsel calls it a day

News Corporation general counsel Arthur Siskind has quit his role at the Australia-based media giant. He is stepping down on 31 December after 30 years with the company to become senior adviser to the chairman Rupert Murdoch. Deputy general counsel Lon Jacobs will take over the role in early 2005. First revealed on 26 […]

Bar char

Like the class system, the division between blue-blood barristers and scummy solicitors refuses to die – at least in the unfathomable world of barristers’ clerks. The true status of the lowly solicitor was evident recently at Quadrant Chambers, which was playing host to an arbitration. A group of solicitors had rented a room and, after […]

Quiz might

Taylor Wessing’s quiz night expertise, as recounted in a recent Tulkinghorn (4 October), was evident once more as the firm triumphed in business advisory and accountancy firm Mazars’ annual legal challenge quiz. Going under the suitably adversorial tag of ‘The Battle of the Law Firms’, the bash was the seventh event of its kind and […]

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