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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.


International report

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, the largest domestic law firm in Russia, has its sights set on opening in London. As reported by The Lawyer (20 March), the firm is hoping to build its presence through barristers rather than solicitors. Managing partner Dimitry Afanasiev said his firm had decided to pursue the non-traditional route in […]

Shoosmiths’ new head of CSR to augment pro bono offering

Shoosmiths’ new head of CSR to augment pro bono offering” />Shoosmiths has appointed personal injury unit head Judith Dorkins to head the firm’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme, giving the firm a coordinated approach to pro bono work for the first time. The Northampton-based equity partner will be responsible for managing the CSR policy and […]

Bar Council set to probe Pollock’s BCCI conduct

The Bar Council is poised to launch an investigation into the conduct of the barristers during the BCCI trial, The Lawyer can reveal. Mr Justice Tomlinson criticised the liquidators’ counsel Gordon Pollock QC of Essex Court Chambers and Lord Neill of Bladen QC of Serle Court in his judgment last month, as well as the […]

Paralegal qualification gets go-ahead from Government

The Government has approved the first professional qualification specifically for paralegals. The Government has approved the first professional qualification specifically for paralegals. The new BTEC in Legal Work, developed by the Institute of Paralegals, will be launched in schools and further education colleges in September. It will also be available as a distance learning course from […]

You name it

Richards Butler’s business development supremo Meirion Jones is a published author of some repute in the health and beauty industry. Apparently one of his first books, The Amino Revolution, is of great use for all those suffering from anxiety, stress, or alcoholism, so it could be of use to a fair few lawyers Tulkinghorn knows. […]

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