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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…


There's no smoke without fire

However frivolous an action may at first appear, when the likes of David Pannick QC are drafted in someone is taking it very seriously. Such was the case with a recent battle waged in the Queen’s Bench Division over the rights of British Rail to ban a long-haul commuter, Peter Boddington, from smoking on a […]

Juries/conditional fees. Trial by jury gets a vote of confidence

At a recent London School of Economics seminar, George Staple, director of the Serious Fraud Office, questioned whether a randomly selected jury of 12 members of the public was a suitable tribunal to try the complex criminal fraud cases of today’s financial world. This question has been posed for at least 10 years. As Staple […]


Ashurst Morris Crisp is to open a Singapore office on 1 October with two partners and three assistants. The office will be headed by corporate and commercial partner Richard Gubbins (right). He will work alongside project finance partner Scott Brodsky (left) who worked in Hong Kong for Linklaters & Paines until joining Ashursts in 1993. […]

Model of independence

Unlike the US, Canada does not separate its federal and state courts and judiciaries but has a mixed system. Each province has a court of appeal, a high court (often called Court of Queen’s Bench) and a provincial court and all have civil and criminal jurisdiction. Courts are organised and paid for by provincial government […]

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