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Coronavirus Portugal: Simplified lay-off

The simplified lay-off is an exceptional and temporary measure aimed at maintaining jobs in companies in a business crisis, which may choose between reducing normal working periods and/or suspending employment contracts.

Possibilities for a better London

This year the Silicon Valley comes to the UK (SVC2UK) Summit was held virtually and included a discussion on “London: a ‘Good Growth’ Recovery” between Natalie Campbell, the recently appointed CEO of Belu Water (the social enterprise company which fulfils the water requirements of the UK’s catering sector, giving most of its profits to WaterAid) and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.

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Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati has become the latest US firm to announce it is making layoffs, with job cuts totalling 113 employees. As revealed on US legal blog AbovetheLaw.com today, the firm has culled 45 lawyers and 68 support staff due to the economic downturn. An internal memo sent firm wide, chief executive officer, […]

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WilmerHale moots Shanghai launch

WilmerHale is in the early stages of applying for a licence to practise in Shanghai, part of a strategy aimed at extending the US firm’s Asian platform. Currently, WilmerHale’s only Asian office is its Beijing base, which opened in 2004 and is headed jointly by corporate partners Lester Ross and Robert Woll. Yesterday (21 January), […]

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