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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.


US firm poaches Dibbs IT star

HIGH-flying Dibb Lupton Alsop IT partner Alistair Maughan is to leave to help US firm Shaw Pittman Plotts & Trowbridge set up a London office. Maughan has been charged with establishing the niche IT practice along with two other UK lawyers. Margaret Harvey, global legal head at Price Waterhouse before its merger with Coopers & […]

Mediating the wrong way

I was recently speaking to one of my matrimonial clients who gave me her own perspective on mediation (having had six or seven mediation sessions with her husband). She said that when she was living with her husband, he used to shout at her every night for two hours. She is no longer living with […]

One more leaves 5 Bell Yard

Leading aviation barrister Giles Kavanagh has quit top aviation set 5 Bell Yard to join Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, bringing the number of departures from the set’s aviation group this year to six. Kavanagh, who has been with 5 Bell Yard for all of his 14 years at the Bar, will retrain as a solicitor […]

It has been a bad week for:

The two British families who won just £55 compensation from a travel company following their holiday in a Malta hotel which they described as a “hell-hole”. District Judge Anthony Cleary awarded the meagre compensation after taking the unprecedented step of flying out to the three-star Palm Court hotel to check up on the conditions there. […]

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