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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.

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Exchange’s turnover rises to tune of £1m

Liverpool and Manchester set Exchange Chambers has become the first barristers’ chambers to report its 2004-05 income. Liverpool and Manchester set Exchange Chambers has become the first barristers’ chambers to report its 2004-05 income. The set saw turnover rise by £1m from last year’s £13.1m, announcing income of £14.1m for the last financial year. This is […]

Lee Greenbury: Provalis

Sarbanes-Oxley is forcing pharma company Provalis to delist from Nasdaq just as its US business starts to take off. As Husnara Begum finds, the move is keeping its sole lawyer busy Medical diagnostics and pharmaceuticals group Provalis is planning to terminate its American depositary receipt (ADR) programme and delist from Nasdaq. The moves will allow the company […]

Holman scores ship finance team

Holman Fenwick & Willan has hired a partner and two assistants from Stephenson Harwood to develop its ship finance practice. John Forrester, who was a partner at both Stephenson Harwood and legacy firm Sinclair Roche & Temperley, joins with assistants Ruth Allcoat and Adam Shire. His clients include some of the world’s largest ship finance […]

London Underground PPP sees legal fees top £70m

Legal fees for the London Underground PPP totalled more than £70m, according to the latest Public Accounts Committee report. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which advised London Underground, notched up £29.2m in fees on the Tube Lines and Metronet PPPs for five years’ work. Included in the figure was the two years during which Freshfields advised on the […]

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 […]

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