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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…



Anglo-Saxon firms dominate France’s top 30

Anglo-Saxon firms have fared better in France than in other European jurisdictions, according to a table of financial results from French legal publication Juristes Associés. Almost two-thirds of the top 30 by revenue, if the legal arms of accountancy firms Ernst ;& ;Young ;and Landwell are included, are firms that have headquarters outside France. A […]

LG and Trowers latest to increase salaries

LG and Trowers & Hamlins have increased their trainee solicitor salaries by inflation-busting rates, although its first year trainees are still paid marginally less than the median for City law firms. From September 2008 first-year trainees at LG will take home £36,000, a rise of 20 per cent on last year’s salary of £30,000. Those […]

Putsch up or shut up

When is a partnership putsch not a putsch? When is a partnership putsch not a putsch? When it’s at Bevan Brittan. As first reported by The Lawyer today, in the coming week the partners will be voting on a wholesale management shake-up which could remove Stuart Whitfield from his post as chief executive into an […]


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 […]

Simmons links pay to new practice groups

Simmons & Simmons has revamped its partner remuneration system to take into account the firm’s new international practice groups. On 1 May the firm transformed its internal structure by dividing staff into 10 global practice areas. Partners will now be rewarded for the performances of national and international practice groups rather than by the performances […]

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