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Coronavirus Portugal: Simplified lay-off

The simplified lay-off is an exceptional and temporary measure aimed at maintaining jobs in companies in a business crisis, which may choose between reducing normal working periods and/or suspending employment contracts.

Possibilities for a better London

This year the Silicon Valley comes to the UK (SVC2UK) Summit was held virtually and included a discussion on “London: a ‘Good Growth’ Recovery” between Natalie Campbell, the recently appointed CEO of Belu Water (the social enterprise company which fulfils the water requirements of the UK’s catering sector, giving most of its profits to WaterAid) and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.


WilmerHale feels the pain as Heller returns for more

Heller Ehrman continued its assault on London today by going back to poor old WilmerHale, which is starting to look like Heller’s personal punchbag. See story. WilmerHale has undergone a major restructuring in Europe, which has included the closure of its Munich and Oxford offices. While we can safely say that those offices were always […]


Piers Morgan’s human rights tact

This year’s most telling comment on privacy law? No, not tucked away in some Court of Appeal judgment, but in this month’s GQ. We’re not joking. Check out Piers Morgan’s interview with Naomi Campbell, five years after the Daily Mirror – under Morgan’s editorship – published photos of her coming out of a Narcotics Anonymous […]

Herbies defeats UK, French govts in Eurotunnel arbitration hearing

Herbert Smith scored a historic victory for Eurotunnel (and also law firms) in the first large-scale international arbitration ruling against Western governments. As well as ruling against the UK and French governments to the tune of £30m, the decision was also the first major international arbitration to be made public in which solicitors, as opposed […]

Suspended sentence

The criminal tables were turned recently in Scotland, when three judges received a term of imprisonment in a lift at the High Court in Glasgow. Lords Menzies and Bracadale and temporary judge Michael O’Grady were stuck in the lift for 45 minutes while an engineer attempted to free them. The judges became trapped when the […]

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