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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.


De Brauw undergoes sweeping shake-up of management team

Leading Dutch firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek has restructured its management function to bring it in line with common practice in the UK and US. A new position of chief operating officer (COO) has been created, which will be filled by corporate litigation partner Barbara van Duren-Kloppert. The review has also seen the election of […]

Steptoe & Johnson – UK 100

UK/global turnover: £6m/£121m UK/global PEP: £427,000/£427,000 UK/global revenue per lawyer: £273,000/£368,000 UK revenue per partner/equity partner: £0.6m/£3m Global revenue per equity partner: £1m UK/global number of partners: 2(10)/121 UK/global number of lawyers: 22/329 UK number of staff: 36 UK/global leverage ratio: 1:10/1:1.7 UK equity partner to staff ratio: 1:18 Equity structure: Merit-based with some elements […]

New Paris head for Ashurst

Ashurst has chosen young corporate partner Frédéric Pinet to replace its outgoing Paris managing partner Christopher Crosthwaite. Pinet, aged just 38, becomes one of the French market’s youngest managing partners. He was selected by his fellow Paris partners and his appointment was confirmed by Ashurst’s international managing board. As part of his new role, Pinet […]

Quadrant (formerly 4 Essex Court) – UK 100

Turnover: £13.5m Heads of chambers: Nigel Teare QC Total tenants (silks): 46 (12) Door tenants: 13 Chambers contributions: 17.5 per cent Revenue per barrister: £294,000 Top cases last year: The Gaul Inquiry; Ragner v Davis; Daewoo v Kilpriver; Re Deep Vein Thrombosis and air travel group litigation; for Cathay Pacific in applications before the Transport […]

Brodies – UK 100

Turnover: £16.6m Profit per equity partner: £239,000 Equity spread: £145,000-£260,000 Net profit: £5.9m Profit margin: 35 per cent Salaried partner remuneration: £80,000-£100,000 Revenue per lawyer: £144,000 Revenue per partner: £488,000 Revenue per equity partner: £678,000 Cost per lawyer: £93,000 Profit per lawyer: £51,000 No of partners: 34 No of equity partners: 25 No of female […]

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