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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…

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In brief: Land rules simplified and updated

The Lord Chancellor has introduced rules amending and consolidating the Lands Tribunal Rules 1975, following consultation with the Council on Tribunals. The changes will update the language of the rules and simplify procedures. They include: a simplified way of disposing with small cases quickly and cheaply, simplification of the procedure for deciding cases without a […]

Penry-Davey joins fray over hard-line sentencing

BAR Council chair David Penry-Davey QC has joined senior judges in criticising Home Secretary Michael Howard’s mandatory sentencing plans. Penry-Davey said the plans – a flagship government policy – would cause injustice and would not work. “The evidence suggests that harsher and harsher sentences only have a minimal effect on crime,” he said. “The real […]

Insolvency society gets solicitor as its president

ALLEN & Overy insolvency lawyer Gordon Stewart is the first ever lawyer-president of the Society of Practitioners of Insolvency. Stewart takes over from Colin Bird, a partner at accountants Price Waterhouse, who stood down earlier this month. Stewart said: “My appointment as the first non-accountant president illustrates the broad church that SPI has become and […]

In brief: Lindsays chair gets top Scots post

The chair of Edinburgh firm Lindsays WS, John Elliot, has been appointed vice-president of the Law Society of Scotland. Elliot joined the society five years ago and was first elected to the council as a representative for the Edinburgh area in 1990. He was elected for a second three-year term in 1993. His appointment will […]

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