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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 […]


Macfarlanes makes rare lateral from Jones Day

Macfarlanes has made a rare lateral hire by poaching public law partner Ian Ginbey from Jones Day. Ginbey is only Macfarlanes’ second lateral partner hire in seven months, coming after head of international benefits Jane Marshall joined the firm from Hammonds in June 2006. The firm made no lateral hires during the 2005-06 financial year, […]

Heller launches in London despite merger failure

West Coast US firm Heller Ehrman is set to launch an office in London with three of its own partners, after failing to secure a UK merger. Heller talked to a number of small £10m-turnover firms, but did not find a fit for the practice areas and client sectors that it wanted to push in […]

Holman Fenwick names new senior partner

Holman Fenwick & Willan partners have elected litigator Richard Crump to take over as senior partner when Roderic O’Sullivan retires at the end of April. O’Sullivan, who specialises in advising international transport and energy companies, is leaving the firm after 36 years as a partner. He was instrumental in HFW’s restructuring into industry focussed practice […]

Second Texas firm makes $18.5m settlement

Texas firm Andrews Kurth is to pay out $18.5m to settle with the Enron bankruptcy estate and stave off the threat of civil litigation from the company. The Andrews Kurth settlement mirrors that made by Vinson & Elkins in June 2006, when Enron’s chief corporate counsel settled with the bankruptcy estate to the tune of […]

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