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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…


In brief: Bakers partner returns from Hungary

Baker & McKenzie partner Peter Magyar has returned to London after eight years overseeing rapid privatisation programmes in Hungary. Magyar, whose Hungarian parents left the country in 1956, the year the USSR crushed the Hungarian uprising, set up Baker & McKenzie’s Budapest-based securities and privatisation practice in 1988. He was lead partner on huge deals […]

Only an independent judiciary can preserve constitutional freedoms

Commentators have expressed surprise at the election as president of the American Bar Association of a lawyer who openly opposes abortion and advocates the death penalty. But Lee Cooper, a partner at Maynard Cooper & Gale in Birmingham, Alabama, says he wants to steer the ABA away from the social issues on which it has […]

Fixed costs:Woolf's Achilles heel?

For a time it was heretical to pick flaws in the Woolf Report. Lawyers felt duty-bound to welcome it, lest they were seen to be in any way hesitant about reform. Theoretically, it is a fine report. However, as was earlier pointed out, the actual implementation of the reforms is where the problems lie. Research […]

First lady lauded at dinner

Much-criticised US first lady Hillary Clinton received a rapturous welcome from the ABA at its Florida convention. Speaking at the Fellows of the Young Lawyers dinner, where she was awarded for her work on children’s rights, she made a strong plea for the retention of government funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the country’s […]


Berwin Leighton advised Close Brothers Corporate Finance on its appointment to approve the contents of an offer document issued by Liberian Ore

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