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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…


Assistant SFO director joins Khan Partnership

The exodus of Serious Fraud Office (SFO) senior management has seen assistant director John Benstead enlist with litigation boutique The Khan Partnership. Last month Benstead was named as one of three ­assistant directors leaving the SFO following the departure of former director Robert Wardle and deputy James Kellock. He joins The Khan Partnership to work […]

Bright spark

Chambers’ summer parties are an important part of the Bar calendar for two reasons: barristers can get their clients drunk and clerks can show off the scale of their entertainment budget to other clerks. The picture above is the result of such a summer party, with the raucous 39 Essex Street the host. Apparently a […]

Trials and tribulations

Well, there have been more than a few clouds of late over at New York structured finance stalwart, Thacher Proffitt & Wood. The firm’s over dependency on this area cost it dearly when the market crashed. Now that same skill set has helped it pick up instructions on one of the highest-profile pieces of work […]

Lovells in China: Sino the times

When Lovells forged an alliance with Chinese firms based outside the major centres of Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai it created something rather different. Almost a year on its members are bullish about their prospects China’s role as a dominant global economy is undeniably secure. For international law firms faced with the maturity of Western […]

Insolvency: Closing time

As the economic downturn continues to bite, landlords need to be vigilant to ensure tenants do not attempt to reorganise their way out of making good on their rental obligations. By Wayne Parker and Amy Wright In the halcyon days of the economic boom of the past decade, people happily spent their disposable income in […]

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