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Taking time off to look after dependants

Understanding what employees’ rights are and how this should be handled by employers has never been more important as we reach the peak of the pandemic.

Material adverse change clauses – draft carefully

The unprecedented situation that the coronavirus pandemic has delivered to global commerce has impacted on a variety of contractual issues related to non-contentious day-to-day transactions.

An employment guide to lockdown 3.0

With COVID-19 taking hold once more, the government has put the UK under a third lockdown, forcing all non-essential shops to close once again.

BVI update: “Black Swan” legislation passed

On 31 December 2020, the BVI House of Assembly passed the so-called “Black Swan” Bill amending section 24 of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Virgin Islands) Act (Cap. 80) so as to confer jurisdiction on the BVI Court to grant interim relief in support of foreign proceedings.


DAC secures ninety per cent payment of legal fees for Independent Insurance policyholders

The policyholders of collapsed insurer Independent Insurance are inching towards an agreement over payment of their legal costs An agreement has been reached for private policyholders, but their corporate counterparts will have to sweat out a High Court test case to find out if they can recover the costs.The insurer went into provisional liquidation in […]

Toth gets ready to join Dewey Ballantine from Weil Gotshal

Weil Gotshal & Manges is set to lose its German desk in London as corporate partner Geza Toth and a team of four associates plan a move to the London office of US firm Dewey Ballantine It is understood that Dewey Ballantine will vote tomorrow (21 May) on whether or not to take on the […]

Mills & Reeve goes on hiring spree in London

Two London firms have lost partners to Mills & Reeve Masons has lost PFI partner Andrew Ray to the Cambridge office of Mills & Reeve, while Julian Holy partner Tim Ryan is joining the firm’s Norwich commercial property team.Ray has been a partner at Masons since 1998 and a solicitor at the firm since 1991. […]

Brummed out

Birmingham insurance teams are going down like flies, but the market is apparently fine. Emma Vere-Jones finds out what’s really happening One could be forgiven for thinking that life must be bleak in the Birmingham insurance market at the moment. Two weeks ago, as revealed in The Lawyer (6 May), Eversheds closed its Birmingham insurance […]

Bristows quartet become solicitor-advocates

Four intellectual property (IP) specialists at Bristows have qualified as solicitor-advocates in a move that brings the total number of solicitor advocates at the firm with full rights of audience in civil courts to five The newly qualified advocates are partners Alan Johnson, David Wilkinson and Justin Watts, together with assistant solicitor Alex Batteson. They […]

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