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Combating both a No-deal Brexit and coronavirus restrictions – How to keep ahead

By Nick McEwen UK Businesses are well aware that they are facing the double challenge of Brexit and coronavirus whilst standing on the shifting sands of the ever-changing government stances relating to the twin perils with the consequential effect on their ability to do business. Agility is the key to survival when even sound contingency […]

Impact on the management of tax and social security obligations

By Tiago Marreiros Moreira, João Riscado Rapoula Are there any transitional social security measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19? Regarding social security contributions to maintain jobs due to the impact of the COVID-19, the following measures were announced: Reduction of 1/3 of social security contributions due in March, April and May 2020; Payment of […]

New immigration rules for sportspeople

By Rachel Harvey, Ella Davis From 1 January 2021, free movement of European nationals will end, and the UK will introduce a points-based immigration system. Under the new system, all EU and non-EU citizens will be treated equally which will completely transform the way in which EU migrants come to the UK to work. Under […]

Will COVID-19 change how we use our cities for the better?

By Jo McGuinness COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the occupation and use of our cities resetting the model of how we live and work. However, the key question is whether these changes will ultimately improve our quality of life and protect the environment in which we live? The end of the traditional commute […]

What are the chances of enforcing a foreign arbitral award or court judgment in Moldova? Recent developments & practical tips

By Vladimir Iurkovski Moldova is a member state to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards. It is also a UNCITRAL Model Law country when it comes to international and domestic arbitration. In addition, Moldova has several treaties on recognition and enforcement of foreign civil (commercial) judgments. Still, as […]

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IT skills widespread among law students

NEW research suggests almost three quarters of students starting law degrees now have some IT skills, and more than a quarter of law firms have spent £100,000 or more on IT. The paper written by Leeds University Law Faculty’s David Wall, and Jennifer Johnstone of the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, concludes that “widespread cultural […]

Legal aid solicitor to launch software for franchised firms

Liz Davidson reports A LEGAL aid solicitor, who devised his case management software to cater specifically for franchised firms, has now gone into business selling it. Cleveland solicitor Keith Wilson, of Redcar firm Wilson MacDonald, joined forces with computer consultants Chris Proud and John Benson to devise Fransys, a system designed to make life easier […]

Election 97: Lawyers in the lobby?

The campaign for this year’s general election has been dirty, with allegations of sleaze, corruption and hypocrisy its most constant feature. And although most legal organisations have kept a low public profile over the past few weeks, the profession has not escaped totally unscathed. In a public snipe at Tory MP Neil Hamilton, the anti-sleaze […]

Negotiations put strike action by Law Society staff on hold

Accountants and monitoring unit staff from the Law Society have called off further industrial action pending negotiations with management this Thursday and Friday. Last Monday, 28 of the 43 MSF union members in the investigation accountants and monitoring unit went on a one-day strike over pay. It was the first strike in the Law Society’s […]

Martin reveals plans for Fountain Court

The first chambers director of Fountain Court said drawing up a business plan would be his first major assignment when he joins the leading commercial set next month. As predicted by The Lawyer on 1 April, Ric Martin, the current partnership secretary at law firm Masons, is Fountain Court’s choice to fill its new practice […]

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