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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.

West of Scotland entering level 4: Implications and FAQs for hospitality businesses

As expected the First Minister announced that hospitality in the West of Scotland and in some Central and Eastern areas* will enter level 4 of the Protection Levels Framework for a three week period as of 6pm on Friday 20 November 2020 effectively locking down hospitality businesses and non-essential retail.


DLA Piper sets 150-lawyer target for Germany offices

DLA Piper sets 150-lawyer target for Germany offices” />DLA Piper is embarking on an ambitious growth strategy in Germany, drawing up plans to boost its number of lawyers in the region by 50 per cent. The firm currently has 100 lawyers in Germany, but regional managing partner Ulrich Juengst has plans to hit 150 through […]

The height of silly season

It really is August, despite the rain. Proof reached The Lawyer this morning from well-known Scottish firm Muir Myles Laverty. (What you’ve never heard of them?) Name partner John Muir claims the rapid increase in registered employment tribunal claims is all down to Sir Alan Sugar and his catchphrase, “You’re fired” (see story). At the […]

It’s time to wield a pen over the British constitution

What lawyer would willingly enter into an agreement of any complexity that was not written down? So what is different about the web of rights and obligations that we inherit as citizens of the UK and subjects of the Crown? Yet, in defiance of almost every other country in the world except New Zealand, the […]

Building on bridges

Bridge equity challenges the traditional approach of banks in financing transactions, offering them new opportunities – and new risks. By Tihir Sarkar and Jeffrey Karpf As leveraged buyouts (LBOs) in the US get ever larger and more lucrative for banks, financial sponsors continue to push the boundaries on participation terms and develop new concepts, such […]

Associate lockstep a thing of the past as Howrey looks to ability

Howrey is set to shift its associate compensation away from lockstep and towards a skills-based system. The firm aims to introduce a new remuneration system on 1 January 2008, the beginning of its financial year. Howrey managing partner and chief executive Bob Ruyak said it had become clear over the past three years that a […]

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