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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.


Legal institute rejects funding warning

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is pushing ahead with expansion plans despite warnings from a review committee that it risks “gradual decline” unless it can source substantial new funding. The London-based institute – partly funded by City law firms – has been told to find new sources of income. The committee’s report says rapid […]


Darcey Bussell, the UK’s leading ballerina, poses with Dundas & Wilson managing partner Chris Campbell (right) and Arthur Andersen senior partner in Scotland Fred Hallsworth (left). The two firms sponsored ‘An Evening with Darcey Bussell’ which was held at The Edinburgh Festival Theatre earlier this month – their first joint sponsorship venture to promote arts […]

London lawyers can't take the heat in Bermuda

London lawyers posted to Bermuda to fight one of the highest profile court cases of the decade have admitted that they are fed up with life on the paradise island. Norton Rose and Clifford Chance lawyers flew to Bermuda for the Thyssen trust case at the beginning of the year, expecting an imminent trial. But […]

Square Mile

What do you have when you’ve got a lawyer up to his neck in sand? One answer is not enough sand. Another is that you’ve got the situation existing at the moment – a lawyer deep in the sand of a rule book no longer suited to today’s business climate. And at the heart of […]

SIF demise threatens payments hike

Lawyers face a hike in their SIF contributions next year following the Law Society’s decision last week to scrap the fund by September 2000. The extra payments will provide cover for the surge of claims expected in the run-up to SIF’s demise and provide cover for Year 2000 claims. A Law Society spokeswoman says the […]

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