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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.


SA legal fusion

The newly formed Law Society of South Africa is pushing for the fusion of the country’s attorneys and advocates into one professional body of legal practitioners. Under the plan students would choose a specialism only after they had completed a common training programme. The South African Bar, which represents 1,526 advocates, is “totally opposed” to […]

Clinton adviser to front Internet summit

PRESIDENT Clinton’s Internet adviser will be a key speaker at a summit on future regulation of the Internet to be held in London next week. US domestic policy development adviser Ira Magaziner will outline the US government’s position on electronic commerce and reform of the domain name system at the ‘Internet Executive Summit’ at Westminster’s […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Stephen Dooley

Stephen Dooley was born in County Galway in 1971. He is an associate at Sidley & Austin specialising in intellectual property and IT. What was your first job? Delivering newspapers. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? Less than I hoped. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Cat […]

Three-way French merger

French firms Office Juridique Francais et International, CEJEF and Degueldre & Gramblat have merged to form 40-lawyer ALEXEN Avocats with offices in Paris and Lyon.

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