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Coronavirus: Impact of exceptional and temporary measures on enforcement proceedings [Portugal]

A number of exceptional measures have been introduced in the justice sector. These measures are set out in Law 1-A/2020 of 18 March and Decree‑Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March (as amended by Law 4-A/2020 of 6 April). The measures include exceptional rules on the extension of time limits and of the periods to take judicial steps. The rules will remain in place until the end of the exceptional situation to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat COVID-19.

Covid-19: Returning to work – meeting your legal health and safety obligations

Key points: HSE receives 10% increase in its budget to support employers in ensuring a safe return to work Government guidance advises businesses to publish Coronavirus Risk Assessment on their website, with businesses who have over 50 workers “expected to do so” HSE will do spot inspections of workplaces to ensure employees are working safely […]

Furlough and redundancy: Jurisdictional comparison for Ireland, Guernsey and Jersey

The governments of Ireland, Guernsey and Jersey have created payroll co-funding/subsidy schemes in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The rules and eligibility criteria are different in each jurisdiction, as are the laws on furlough, variation of terms, redundancy and collective consultation. In this advisory, we have sought to help businesses with employees in one or more of these jurisdictions to understand the nuances and distinctions that exist under the respective laws.

For the love of lockdown

In this guest blog, Sophie Warren shares her thoughts on self-development for aspiring solicitors during lockdown. With experience of being a paralegal, blogger, Instagram influencer, as well as a keen runner, she has lots of experience and advice to share.



Scottish lawyers rail against Law Soc practice name rules

LEADING Scottish firms have hit out at English red tape which prevents them from practising under their own names south of the border. While English firms can set up branch offices under their own names in Scotland, they claim the Law Society of England and Wales refuses to allow them to do the same. Partner […]


With the judicial approval given to dispute resolvers at the end of last year, the English legal system is moving with uncharacteristic urgency away from the partisan, adversarial approach to litigation which has hitherto governed our processes. In the 19th century, as commerce progressed, three problems encouraged the judiciary to appoint their own experts to […]

Telecomms expert quits Canada for Couderts

TOP Canadian telecommunications lawyer Michael Ryan has joined the London office of international law firm Coudert Brothers. Ryan, who worked as vice-president of law and general counsel at Toronto’s Unitel Communications, started work in the firm’s global telecommunications practice last month. He will specialise in advising on telecommunications regulation, competition, privatisation and liberalisation issues, and […]

CICs scheme ruling

The Home Secretary has been given leave to appeal to the House of Lords in the wake of a Court of Appeal ruling in favour of a trade union challenge to a High Court rejection of its bid to block the Government’s new Criminal Injury Compensation tariff scheme. Judgment had been reserved in the appeal […]

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