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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…

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When the Barings crisis first hit the headlines, there was a clearly identified villain to blame. One of the City’s great financial institutions had been brought to its knees by a champagne-swilling, yacht-owning, reconstructed Thatcherite yuppie who spent his life in Singapore barking instructions down a mobile phone in between mouthfuls of caviar. It is […]

Law Soc fine tunes investment rules

The Law Society has received a “fair” response to the consultation paper to simplify the Solicitors’ Investment Business rules. Although the draft rules have few changes of substance, the SIB required the Law Society to consult with the profession and other interested parties, including consumer groups. The rules, which came into being in 1990, were […]

In brief: SJ Berwin flies flag at SA exhibition

SJ Berwin says it is the sole UK law firm participating in the Britain Means Business exhibition in South Africa this week. The Johannesburg event, to be opened by the UK’s new Minister for Trade Anthony Nelson, will see up to 100 major UK companies, including British Aerospace, Rolls Royce and BP, and many small […]

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