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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…


Thistle stop

Claims that Scotland’s economy is less robust than England’s may have prompted some legal talent to head south of the border – but today’s figures tell a different story Over the past five years there has been a view among some that, as far as commercial law is concerned, Scotland is not the real deal. […]

CC, Links bolster São Paulo offices

Magic circle firms Clifford Chance and Linklaters have underscored their commitment to Latin America by ramping up their capabilities in São Paulo. Clifford ;Chance ;has ­permanently relocated ­London capital markets partner Anthony Oldfield to the Brazilian city, while ­Linklaters has launched an aggressive recruitment drive to bulk up in the region. Oldfield, who is currently […]

SFO must swallow its medicine after falling short in NHS price-fixing case

To join the debate on the Law Lords upholding the SFO’s decision to drop the BAE bribery probe, click here. ———————————————————— The collapse of one of the longest and most expensive ­Serious Fraud Office (SFO) prosecutions has raised serious questions about the future direction of the ­government department. As reported on (11 July), Mr […]

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 […]

Blake Lapthorn

Blake Lapthorn” />Five years ago the management of South East firm Blake Lapthorn Tarlo Lyons came up with a plan for expansion. Now, according to senior partner Jonathan Lloyd-Jones, the firm can be described as a full-service regional law firm with a central City of London office. “The plan we had in 2003 was to […]

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