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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…


US firms shun lady laterals

Partnership election season is approaching and this year’s appointments will be scrutinised more closely than ever before. Over the past year, The Lawyer has broken a series of stories on associate issues, from retention rates to outright rebellions. Hence The Lawyer Career Report 2006 in this issue today. If you’re an assistant reading it, you […]

London partners dominate as A&O elects new board

Allen & Overy’s global management board has been completely overhauled with Amsterdam corporate partner Sietze Hepkema the only candidate to be re-elected to the board. The new-look board is almost entirely City-based with litigation specialist Tim House, corporate partner Alan Paul, banking partner Ian Powell and international capital markets partner Boyan Wells all newly elected […]


A&O team helps earn death row reprieve for Jamaican prisoner

Allen & Overy (A&O) has scored a rare success before the Privy Council on behalf of a Jamaican death row prisoner. The firm’s head of death row work, associate Rainer Evers, and trainees Camilla Mackenzie and Laura Baird acted pro bono for Shabadine Peart, who was sentenced to death in 2000 for murder. Furnival Chambers’ […]

M&A world braced for litigation wave

Corporate lawyers are bracing themselves for a sweeping overhaul of the M&A world, with the Takeover Panel set to become a statutory body next year. The Department of Trade and Industry released a white paper earlier this month that sets out comprehensive reform of the Company Law Bill, including plans to make the Takeover Panel […]

Hutchison 3G wins IP dispute with O2

Lewis Silkin has won a High Court victory on behalf of Hutchison 3G over the use of bubbles to advertise mobile phone networks. Partner Giles Crown acted for the company, which runs the 3 network, in its dispute with rival O2. O2 claimed that Hutchison’s use of bubble imagery in a television advertisement infringed its […]

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