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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.

For the love of lockdown

In this guest blog, Sophie Warren shares her thoughts on self-development for aspiring solicitors during lockdown. With experience of being a paralegal, blogger, Instagram influencer, as well as a keen runner, she has lots of experience and advice to share.

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Hospital chief takes over at LAB

THE MAN responsible for the Department of Health’s overhaul of London’s hospitals is to take over the Legal Aid Board. Sir Tim Chessells, chair of the London Implementation Group, succeeds John Pitts who has led the group since it was set up six years ago. Chessells was responsible for implementing the recommendations of the Tomlinson […]

Knight to stand trial

Ronnie Knight is to stand trial at the Old Bailey in January for alleged involvement in a u7 million Security Express robbery in the 1980s.

Firms to take on investment work

Two more law firms are entering the investment management arena, with the appointment of investment managers. Norwich-based Steele & Co has recruited Philip Perry to create a stockbroking and portfolio management department to be run within the private client department, headed by partner Jeremy Whigham. The department will complement the existing life and pensions business […]

Essential reading

The Central London branch of the Institute of Legal Executives is holding its annual general meeting in the Edinburgh Tavern, London WC2 at 6.30pm on 21 February. The AGM will be followed by a lecture at 7pm.

Brooke defends judicial review plan

LAWYERS at a conference on judicial review voiced concerns that a Law Commission proposal may make it tougher for people to obtain leave. Chair of the commission Sir Henry Brooke says this had never been the commission’s intention but he was happy to pass on concerns to the Government. He told the conference, jointly hosted […]

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