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Coronavirus: Impact of exceptional and temporary measures on enforcement proceedings [Portugal]

A number of exceptional measures have been introduced in the justice sector. These measures are set out in Law 1-A/2020 of 18 March and Decree‑Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March (as amended by Law 4-A/2020 of 6 April). The measures include exceptional rules on the extension of time limits and of the periods to take judicial steps. The rules will remain in place until the end of the exceptional situation to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat COVID-19.

Covid-19: Returning to work – meeting your legal health and safety obligations

Key points: HSE receives 10% increase in its budget to support employers in ensuring a safe return to work Government guidance advises businesses to publish Coronavirus Risk Assessment on their website, with businesses who have over 50 workers “expected to do so” HSE will do spot inspections of workplaces to ensure employees are working safely […]

Furlough and redundancy: Jurisdictional comparison for Ireland, Guernsey and Jersey

The governments of Ireland, Guernsey and Jersey have created payroll co-funding/subsidy schemes in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The rules and eligibility criteria are different in each jurisdiction, as are the laws on furlough, variation of terms, redundancy and collective consultation. In this advisory, we have sought to help businesses with employees in one or more of these jurisdictions to understand the nuances and distinctions that exist under the respective laws.


Chancery Lane's recruitment service wins last-minute reprieve

The recruitment service at the Law Society has been saved at the eleventh hour. A cost-cutting working party, which has stalled a decision on the future of the service several times in the last year, announced last week that it would be retained, the day before the matter was due to go to council. The […]

In brief: Booths' employment group recruits two

The employment services group at Leeds firm Booth & Co has expanded with the appointment of two new fee earners. Frank Sutcliffe, 46, has left academia for Booths. After working in the penal research unit at Oxford University and teaching at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, he became a lecturer in law […]

New Irish judges

Solicitors in Ireland have been appointed as judges for the first time after decades of campaigning. Three solicitors have been chosen in this year’s round of judicial appointments: Michael White, of Michael D White & Co, Frank O’Donnell, of Bell Branigan O’Donnell & O’Brien, and John Buckley, of Beauchamps. The Law Society welcomed the appointments […]


A Bar to practice?

The Law Society has become increasingly concerned about the restrictions imposed by the American legal system on UK solicitors who wish to practise in the US. Accordingly, it has arranged a meeting with leading members of the American Bar Association during the group’s annual meeting in August to discuss how to deal with the problems […]

In brief: LAB declines to support smoking victims

Lawyers have accused the Legal Aid Board of being over cautious in its refusal to grant aid to tobacco victims in their proceedings against cigarette manufacturers. The decision made last week brings an end to four years of preparatory case work by law firms Leigh Day & Co, Freeth Cartwright Hunt Dickens and Bindmans, the […]

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