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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…


To catch a fraud

Money Launderers, mortgage fraudsters and smugglers have embraced the global economy, leaving lawyers to tackle complex cross-border issues. Alison Clarke reports on how the law is battling to keep up with the white collar crooks Think Guinness, BCCI, Blue Arrow, Barings, Maxwell’s millions and naughty Nick Leeson – white collar crime is never far from […]

Simmons replaces Hong Kong IP head

Hong Kong: Simmons head of IP in the city is returning to England Simmons & Simmons has raided leading firm Johnson Stokes & Master for a replacement head for its Hong Kong IP practice. Present incumbent Angus Phang is returning to the UK to become a partner at Garretts’ Reading office and John Slater is […]

Simmons strikes deal to keep banking ace

Simmons & Simmons is snatching back a banking partner on the eve of her departure to Bevan Ashford. Helen Hancock, who specialises in capital markets and structured finance, was due to leave the City firm for Bevan Ashford’s Bristol office because of undisclosed personal reasons. Simmons, however, has persuaded Hancock to stay by setting up […]


Lovells acted for Shaftesbury on its £42.5m purchase of National Magazine House, Carnaby Street, London W1 from Electricity Supply Nominees. The transaction was funded by a rights issue underwritten by Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. Jane Rigler, commercial property partner at Lovells, acted on the deal while Eversheds advised Electricity Supply Nominees.

Fried Frank hires top IT lawyer

New York firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson is recruiting the chief technology counsel and senior vice-president of MCI WorldCom. Timothy Casey, who according to the firm is one of the US’s top five technology lawyers, will join Fried Frank as a partner in Washington DC next month. He will boost the firm’s intellectual […]

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