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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.


Square Mile

The Bill’s stormy passage through the committee and report stages resulted in a number of key government defeats. Why? The Lord Chancellor is embarking on fundamental legal reform against a backdrop of severe Treasury restrictions on public expenditure by his department. City and commercial practices should not ignore this legislation. This Bill has enormous ramifications […]

It's been a good week for

Amateur dramatics. A group of drama students are to perform in a musical about the Derek Bentley case, Let Him Have Justice. Bentley was hanged at the age of 19 for the murder of PC Sydney Miles, after allegedly shouting “Let him have it” during a rooftop showdown, and was pardoned last year. While the […]

Insurers to cherry-pick low risk legal aid cases

LEGAL insurers are warning that many cases approved for legal aid funding will be too risky for them to take on under Access to Justice Bill proposals, effectively denying many people their day in court. Under proposals laid out in the Bill, personal injury cases will not be eligible for legal aid and lawyers will […]

Eurobond tax could threaten City

Cliff Dammers, secretary general, International Primary Markets Association Boyan Wells, managing partner, Allen & Overy Simon Firth, partner, Linklaters A curious spot of Euro-meddling in the billion-dollar eurobond market is threatening a calamity in the City. The European Union’s (EU) determination to stamp out tax evasion has led to proposals for taxing the profits of […]

US law firm teams up with Radcliffes

AN OLD friendship between two South African ex-pats has brought US insurance law giant Cozen & O’Connor into a co-operation agreement with Westminster firm Radcliffes. As its first move towards establishing a London office, Cozens – which with 125 partners is the 20th biggest law firm in the US – is to share the office […]

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