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Are you ready for the immigration shake-up?

With COVID-19 continuing to dominate the headlines, it is perhaps easy to forget that the UK’s Brexit transition period is due to end on 31 December 2020. This will bring about the biggest change to UK immigration laws in recent memory and will have a direct impact on how employers recruit overseas staff. EU Settlement […]

Client Advisory: US Government Ramps Up Actions to Combat Forced Labor

The US executive and legislative branches are ratcheting up pressure on companies to address forced labor in their supply chains. The US Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) has in recent months announced a series of Withhold Release Orders (WROs) and a Finding following investigations into forced labor. Additionally, the US […]

The Cayman Islands administrative fines regime & investment funds

CIMA now has the ability to issue administrative fines for breaches committed by entities or individuals of prescribed provisions of laws, regulations and rules regulated by CIMA. On 26 June 2020, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority’s (“CIMA”) powers to impose administrative fines were extended by the enactment of the Monetary Authority (Administrative Fines) (Amendment) Regulations, […]

How to Apply for a Judicial Review and how to Appeal a Decision

A Judicial Review is the vehicle by which the decisions of public authorities of all descriptions (including the government) can be challenged to establish their legality and whether the principles of public law have been complied with. The current on-going crisis that has arisen due to the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a raft of […]


Quality silks are hard to find

If you want to hire a top-notch commercial silk you will probably have to take your place at the back of a rather long queue. Commercial barristers have had a buoyant time recently, with the mass of Lloyd’s litigation and the ensuing explosion of commercial litigation both in this particular market and generally. But with […]

Working out of law: Clive Anderson

Clive Anderson is a balding barrister and TV superstar. Why did you choose to study law/become a lawyer? Poor prospects as a professional footballer. Has it helped in your current role in other areas? Combined with my hairline it has helped journalists to describe me as the “balding barrister” or the “babbling brief”. It has […]


Rawlinson & Butler advised the vendors in the management buy-out of electronic component manufacturer and distributor Warth International for an undisclosed sum. Slaughter and May advised the management and Dibb Lupton Alsop advised Barclays Ventures, which provided equity for the buyout.

In brief: Birmingham lawyer calls for fees review

MARTINEAU Johnson senior partner Michael Shepherd (pictured right), the new president of the Birmingham Law Society, has called for an urgent review of the legal profession’s fee structures. “As firms are increasingly being asked by clients to quote fixed fees, it is clearly a matter for urgent discussion,” said the Birmingham lawyer who succeeds Richard […]

Wright choice for Lord Irvine

The new Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg, has appointed Blairite constitutional expert Tony Wright as his parliamentary private secretary. The minister’s PPS traditionally acts as his “eyes and ears” on the back benches but Wright, who was a politics lecturer before becoming an MP, may extend this role. Chris Philipsborn, head of the Law […]

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