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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…


Linklaters parachutes in new Dubai chief

Linklaters has overhauled its Middle East leadership team, bringing in Milan co-managing partner Sarosh Mewawalla as Dubai managing partner and finance practice head. Mewawalla’s appointment, effective from September, comes after incumbent Dubai managing partner Ewan Cameron was promoted to ­regional senior partner. Cameron will also become co-head of global M&A alongside seven other partners across […]

Shearman counts cost to Europe of King’s abdication

Several months before Shearman & Sterling corporate star Peter King quit for Weil Gotshal & Manges (The Lawyer, 7 July), a former Shearman London ­partner told The Lawyer: “If you look at US firms that are really strong in ­London, it tends to be the ones who have a good stream of corporate work from […]

Pinsents property partner defects to BLP

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired Pinsent Masons property partner Andrew Yates as joint head of regeneration and public sector. He will co-head the practice alongside Lesley-Anne Avis. Yates specialises in property development and ­funding, including commercial property work and secured lending, leisure and retail premises, institutional purchases, joint ­ventures and property insolvency. Yates has […]


Ashurst, Herbies ride out tough year; BLP, Macfarlanes, SJ Berwin succumb

Ashurst, Herbies ride out tough year; BLP, Macfarlanes, SJ Berwin succumb” />The silver circle has enjoyed mixed fortunes over the past financial year, with Ashurst and Herbert Smith powering ahead, while Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Macfarlanes and SJ Berwin have faltered. Travers Smith, the final firm in the group of top-ranked UK-headquartered firms, has yet to […]


Withers picks new head of family law

Withers has promoted family law partner Julian Lipson to head its family practice. Lipson ;replaces ;Gill Doran, who is set to return to a fee-earning role in the practice. Withers managing director Margaret Robertson said the swap reflected a long-term succession strategy. “Gill ;wanted ;to ;see ­someone younger come into the role while she was […]

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