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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…


Value for money prompts Arts Council to form panel

Arts Council England has unveiled its first formal law firm panel as part of a bid to obtain better service and value for money from its external lawyers. The Arts Council is the national development agency for the arts in England. In total, 15 firms will advise it on areas such as charities, corporate governance, property, information […]


The Government’s corporate manslaughter proposals are to be applauded – now for the rest In late March the Home Office published its long-awaited reform proposals for corporate manslaughter and invited responses by June. The tone is measured and in marked contrast to some of the excoriating language within previous consultations. Clearly, much thought has now […]

Howrey gains Paris office with Cousté merger

Cabinet Cousté & Cousté, one of France’s leading biotechnology and IP firms, will join Howrey Simon Arnold & White, making it the US firm’s fourth European IP office. Managing partner and chief executive officer Robert Ruyak (left) said: “We’re now well positioned to answer our clients’ antitrust, litigation and IP needs.” Marina Cousté founded the […]

Simpson Thacher attains peak of US M&A

New York’s Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has stormed to the top of Thomson Financial’s US M&A deals table for the first quarter of 2005. The firm rose from sixth place for the same quarter last year to notch up 18 concluded deals. It was also catapulted into first place for announced deals, advising on 20 […]

Deutsche pair quit following cutbacks

Deutsche Bank’s legal department has suffered a double blow following the departure of two senior in-house lawyers. Legal counsel Sajid Hussein and Francis Dickinson have quit the German bank to join Bank of America and Barclays Capital respectively. According to sources close to Deutsche, the departures have been triggered by on-going cost-cutting at the bank, […]

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