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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…


Commission ploughs £3m into legal aid

The Legal Services Commission is making a further 100 grants available to help fund future legal aid solicitors. Each grant could be worth up to £30,000, meaning the total cost be almost £3m. The grants will cover the tuition fees of students on the Legal Practice Course (LPC), as well as 75 per cent of […]

New look for Loyens board as members step down

Dutch heavyweight Loyens & Loeff has rejigged its management board, with tax adviser Pim Bertels succeeding Philip van Hilten as chairman. Board member Ronald Pfeiffer, a civil-law notary and attorney, has also stepped down. He has been succeeded by attorney Maarten Das. Both van Hilten and Pfeiffer plan to continue practising at Loyens. From 1 […]

Reed Smith strategic chief moves to London

Richards Butler last week voted to merge with US firm Reed Smith to create a £400m transatlantic firm. Reed Smith is kicking off its integration plans immediately, as it transfers its director of strategic planning Michael Pollack from its Pittsburgh HQ to London. Pollack will take responsibility for integration, together with UK managing partner Tim […]

A Semple mistake

It was patronising smiles all round and the sound of collective head-patting when Scottish minnow Semple Fraser released its year-end results. Either the firm had had a really, really bad year, or its PR had left off a fairly important letter from the email header: “Semple Fraser announces £13 fee income”. Altogether now… “bless”.

Ashurst reveals 23 per cent growth in PEP for last financial year

Ashurst has posted strong profits for the last financial year, with average profit per equity partner (PEP) up 23 per cent to £701,000 compared with last year’s £567,000. The results come on the back of a relatively modest growth in revenue to £214m, up 7 per cent on the previous year’s figure of £201m. Top […]

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