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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…

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Holroyd steps down as Law Soc president

The Law Society president Andrew Holroyd has handed over his post to Surrey-based property lawyer Paul Marsh. Marsh, who took over as president at the Law Society AGM yesterday, has vowed to lead the solicitors profession into being a sustainable and successful legal business sector despite the economic downturn hitting firms, especially those heavily dependent […]

Scotland

Scottish firms have faced a real dilemma in recent years: enter the London market to tap a larger pool of clients or stay firmly committed to the domestic Scottish market. The so-called big four of Dundas & Wilson, McGrigors, Maclay Murray & Spens and Shepherd & Wedderburn have chosen the former route, arguing that a […]

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Somerfield uses Kirkland for £1.57bn takeover by Co-op

Kirkland & Ellis has muscled in on the Co-op’s £1.57bn takeover of Somerfield, winning a mandate from former Linklaters client Somerfield. Kirkland & Ellis has muscled in on the Co-op’s £1.57bn takeover of Somerfield by winning a mandate from former ­Linklaters client Somerfield. Addleshaw Goddard, Allen & Overy (A&O) and Clifford Chance were also handed […]

Cains targets East’s emerging markets with Singapore office launch

Offshore firm Cains has opened an office in Singapore with a three-strong team, creating a base from which to serve its Asian clients. Cains managing director Andrew Corlett said the firm felt a Singapore launch was vital given the strength of the region and the country’s position within it. “We ;think ;that ;the emerging markets […]

Howrey’s Lords patent win for Angiotech sets new IP precedent

Howrey’s burgeoning UK intellectual property (IP) practice has scored a valuable patent win for biotechnology ;client Angiotech against Conor Medsystems in the House of Lords. The House of Lords ­judgment, led by Lord Hoffmann, will serve as a signifi­cant precedent in UK patent ­disputes and has made it easier for patent holders to defend their […]

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