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Taking time off to look after dependants

Understanding what employees’ rights are and how this should be handled by employers has never been more important as we reach the peak of the pandemic.

Material adverse change clauses – draft carefully

The unprecedented situation that the coronavirus pandemic has delivered to global commerce has impacted on a variety of contractual issues related to non-contentious day-to-day transactions.

An employment guide to lockdown 3.0

With COVID-19 taking hold once more, the government has put the UK under a third lockdown, forcing all non-essential shops to close once again.

BVI update: “Black Swan” legislation passed

On 31 December 2020, the BVI House of Assembly passed the so-called “Black Swan” Bill amending section 24 of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Virgin Islands) Act (Cap. 80) so as to confer jurisdiction on the BVI Court to grant interim relief in support of foreign proceedings.


'Conveyancers will get it in the neck if this goes ahead'

LAST summer a group of solicitors in Burnley got together to thrash out a set of guideline conveyancing fees. They are now being investigated by the Office of Fair Trading for alleged fee fixing, although Burnley and Pendle Law Society is confident it has done nothing wrong. It was, after all, following the Law Society’s […]

Carving out their own niche

Some barristers have carved out a particular niche for themselves in a particular discipline in the area of professional negligence. In the Lloyd’s litigation, for example, when an instructing firm is looking for “more intellectually rigorous counsel” rather than counsel for a ‘knockabout’ insurance broker’s case”, Bernard Eder QC at Gordon Pollock QC’s set at […]

Chancery Lane sets out EU agenda

The GENERAL public should have access to European Union meetings on proposed legislation, according to a manifesto issued by the Law Society of England and Wales. It was prepared by the Brussels office for the 1996 European Intergovernmental Con- ference (IGC), starting in Turin later this month. The paper claims the public should also have […]

Negligence specialists by close association

The mushrooming of professional negligence work has been reflected in the growth of the Professional Negligence Bar Association. With fewer than 30 members when it started in October 1990, it now has more than 550. Coincidentally, the secretary Andrew Goodman and chair Robin de Wilde QC of the association are both in the same set […]


Glasgow firm McClure Naismith Anderson & Gardiner is riding high after clinching Scotland’s biggest privatisation deal. Partners Dr Kenneth Chrystie and George Frier (centre and right) advised on the sale of BR’s infrastructure services division. MD of the division Tony Smith bought it for around £27.5 million and has renamed it First Engineering. Dr Chrystie […]

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