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Time to go home: BP v Surrey County Council and RP

This case is of importance not only because it was likely to arise in other cases in the UK context of the coronavirus, but because Article 15 considerations arise in cases of grave importance, such as national security cases.

Cyprus: Predictability of criminal liability in relation to restrictions of movements due to Covid-9

The prohibition of unnecessary movements was implemented from the 24th of March, in accordance with the provisions of the Regulatory Administrative Act 117/2020. Subsequently, with the coming into force of the Regulatory Administrative Act 152/2020, from 13 April until 4 May, at 5:59 a.m., citizens without permission to commute due to work were only permitted one movement by exception, after following the SMS process, or the handwritten completion of Form B for persons above 65 years of age.

Digital media and the right to be forgotten

The “right to be forgotten”, which has become a trending right in the internet and digital media where even legal distribution and accure content of the information about individuals constitutes a violation of human rights, is of great importance especially for the dignity of these individuals, for independent development of their personalities and full authority over his/her personal data.


HR & Training Special Report: Tapping talent

As the nature of lawyers’ client-facing work has evolved, so too should the role of the legal secretary, who can and should be utilised in a more supportive function for a greater number of lawyers. By Clodagh Beaty The traditional typing-heavy, legal secretarial role, with ­secretaries working for two or three lawyers, is disappearing fast. […]


Personal injury forum elects new chair

Boyes Turner partner Adrian Desmond has been elected as chairman of the Forum of Complex Injury ­Solicitors (Focis). He replaces Richard Vallance of Charles Russell, who has held the role since 2007. Desmond said: “The forum will continue to ­promote excellence in personal injury [PI] ­practice by sharing experience among its members and expressing informed […]

O’Melveny reduces headcount by 200

O’Melveny & Myers is the latest firm to announce layoffs with 90 associates and 110 support staff set to lose their jobs. In a statement released by the firm O’Melveny chairman Arthur Culvahouse said that the firm had been cutting costs for two years by reducing support staff and shying away from making new hires. […]

Trowers axes four real estate positions

Trowers & Hamlins has launched a redundancy ­consultation with fee-­earners in its UK-based real estate team. The firm is looking to lay off four fee-earners who focus on the plot sales ­market, with three in ­Manchester and one in Exeter set to lose their jobs. Those working on plot sales in the firm’s larger ­London […]

Herbies picks up Bank of Scotland loan facility work

Herbert Smith advised Bank of Scotland on a $300m (£206.13m) loan facility to oil and gas exploration and production company Dana Petroleum. The company will use the money to purchase Toronto Stock Exchange-listed oil and gas exploration and ­production company Bow Valley, which focuses mainly on the UK North Sea. Herbert Smith banking partner Jason […]

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