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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…


Davis Polk & Wardwell – UK 100

UK/global turnover: £25.2m/£358m UK/global PEP: £833,000/£1.2m UK/global revenue per lawyer: £616,000/£616,000 UK revenue per partner/equity partner: £2.1m/£2.1m Global revenue per equity partner: £2.5m UK/global number of partners: 12/146 UK/global number of lawyers: 41/581 UK number of staff: 51 UK/global leverage ratio: 1:2.4/1:2.9 UK equity partner to staff ratio: 1:4.2 Equity structure: Lockstep Billable hours targets: […]

SJ Berwin targets French real estate with new Orrick arrival

SJ Berwin is setting out to attack the French real estate market with the hire of a partner from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. Ann Hieu Ly Ky joined SJ Berwin at the beginning of the year, following two years spent as a partner at Orrick’s Paris office. Her appointment is intended to develop SJ Berwin’s real estate […]

Four New Square – UK 100

Turnover: £13.5m Head of chambers: Justin Fenwick QC Total tenants (silks): 53 (12) Door tenants: Two Chambers contributions: 11 per cent plus room rent (£8,000-£48,000). Revenue per barrister: £270,000 Top cases last year: Sumatra v Sinclair Roche & Temperley; Riley v Pickersgill and Le Cornu; Daniels v Thompson; Sahib Foods & or v Paskin Kyriakides […]


German firm seeks friendship, but nothing seriousAt the end of last year German firm Beiten Burkhardt ended a tug of love between Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Eversheds by choosing an informal network of best friends rather than the formal alliance favoured by both UK firms. Strangely, Beiten claims this was never an option. The […]

Biggart Baillie – UK 100

Turnover: £15.1m Profit per equity partner: £193,000 Equity spread: £140,000-£245,000 Net profit: £5.8m Profit margin: 38 per cent Salaried partner remuneration: £80,000-£100,000 Revenue per lawyer: £159,000 Revenue per partner: £368,000 Revenue per equity partner: £686,000 Cost per lawyer: £98,000 Profit per lawyer: £61,000 No of partners: 41 No of equity partners: 22 No of female […]

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