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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…


Freshfields insists it’s business as usual after student’s theft

As white-collar crime goes, 19-year-old Titilayo Olaifa’s theft while on work experience at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is small potatoes. Nevertheless, by managing to steal £13,500 and attempting to steal £46,500 more, Olaifa attracted a jail term of five months for her theft and “fraud by abuse of position” (as reported on, 10 July). Olaifa […]

BLP adds regulatory might with A&O hire

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has signalled its ­commitment to its financial services regulatory team with the hire of Allen & Overy (A&O) partner ­Sidney Myers. Myers is currently head of A&O’s regulatory investigations group; he will join BLP in the newly created role of head of financial services and run a team of six partners […]

Nabarro signs up Travers partner for corporate push

Nabarro signs up Travers partner for corporate push” />Nabarro has called on the silver circle for its latest lateral hire, signing up Travers Smith corporate partner Alasdair Steele. In addition, the firm has hired Taylor Wessing real estate associate Habib Ullah as a partner in its banking practice. Senior partner Simon Johnston (pictured) said: “Our […]

Dubai hotel chain lines up first legal panel

Dubai-based Jumeirah Group, owner of the Burj Al Arab hotel, has appointed its first-ever legal panel with 12 firms winning advisory roles. The firm has launched a two-tier panel, with Clifford Chance, Clyde & Co, DLA Piper, Mayer Brown, Pinsent Masons and Simmons & Simmons being instructed on its main global roster. Six other firms […]

LG and Trowers break inflation barrier with trainee pay rises

LG and Trowers & Hamlins have increased their trainee solicitor salaries by inflation-busting rates, although first-year trainees are still paid marginally less than the industry average. From September, first-year trainees at LG will take home £36,000 – 20 per cent up on last year’s salary of £30,000. Second years will be paid £40,000 – a […]

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