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Channel Islands employment law update – July 2020

Jersey Tribunal rules HR advisers not protected by legal privilege The Jersey Employment Tribunal (the Tribunal) in David Slater v Consolidated Minerals[1] sought to consider an interesting question concerning discovery: whether HR consultants are protected by legal advice privilege, given their status as non-legally qualified advisers. In the context of a constructive unfair dismissal claim, […]

Borrowers experience speed bump in road to compliance – expanded scope of Cayman private funds law

By now most fund finance professionals would likely choose an afternoon in the dentist’s chair over a discussion about the Cayman Islands Private Funds Law, 2020. Borrowers unfortunately experienced a speed bump in the road to compliance this week with the introduction by the Cayman Islands Government of an amendment to the PF Law which significantly increases the number of entities which will need to register with the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) by 7 August 2020.

What are the benefits of employee engagement?

By Chris Shenton Reading Time: 5 minutes Employee engagement is the central topic here at Weekly10. Whether we’re talking about the latest employee engagement strategies, how to improve employee engagement or simply what exactly employee engagement is, it’s fair to say it is always a focus for us. Yet, we still often get asked the […]

BVI economic substance requirements 2020 update

The framework that the British Virgin Islands (“BVI”) government has created to enable BVI ‘legal entities’ to report prescribed economic substance information’ is now operational. New reporting and (in some cases) economic substance requirements now apply for BVI ‘legal entities’ that conduct certain defined ‘relevant activities’ under the Economic Substance (Companies and Limited Partnerships) Act, 2018 and the Rules on Economic Substance (together the “Economic Substance regime”).

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Gearing up for 2000

City firm Rowe & Maw has published a guide to dealing with the year 2000, when many computer systems will be unable to deal with the date changeover. Partner Michael Webster recommends everyone should start damage-limitation procedures now to avoid costly litigation and to salvage existing systems. The Millennium Timebomb, which covers contracts, duty of […]

Disability discrimination act. US experience sets the scene for UK employers

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 came into force on 2 December 1996. It outlaws discrimination against people with disabilities when providing them with goods and services and in virtually all areas of employment. Many law firms are affected because all employers with 20 or more employees are covered by the Act. However, a surprising number […]

Counsel moves on

International law firm Rogers & Wells has appointed Charles Stewart as counsel at its Frankfurt office. Stewart joins the firm from the Frankfurt branch of another US firm, Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle, where he was also counsel. He provided general legal services to German and non-German firms involved in cross-border transactions.

In brief: Get your words right, says campaign head

Lawyers are doing clients a disservice by using archaic, poorly punctuated and abstruse language. This was the message spelt out by the Plain English Campaign at its fringe meeting at the Solicitors Annual Conference last Friday. Campaign founder Chrissie Maher said: “Even today many lawyers are still unsure of what plain English means. They wrongly […]

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