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Coronavirus: Impact of exceptional and temporary measures on enforcement proceedings [Portugal]

A number of exceptional measures have been introduced in the justice sector. These measures are set out in Law 1-A/2020 of 18 March and Decree‑Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March (as amended by Law 4-A/2020 of 6 April). The measures include exceptional rules on the extension of time limits and of the periods to take judicial steps. The rules will remain in place until the end of the exceptional situation to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat COVID-19.

Covid-19: Returning to work – meeting your legal health and safety obligations

Key points: HSE receives 10% increase in its budget to support employers in ensuring a safe return to work Government guidance advises businesses to publish Coronavirus Risk Assessment on their website, with businesses who have over 50 workers “expected to do so” HSE will do spot inspections of workplaces to ensure employees are working safely […]

Furlough and redundancy: Jurisdictional comparison for Ireland, Guernsey and Jersey

The governments of Ireland, Guernsey and Jersey have created payroll co-funding/subsidy schemes in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The rules and eligibility criteria are different in each jurisdiction, as are the laws on furlough, variation of terms, redundancy and collective consultation. In this advisory, we have sought to help businesses with employees in one or more of these jurisdictions to understand the nuances and distinctions that exist under the respective laws.

For the love of lockdown

In this guest blog, Sophie Warren shares her thoughts on self-development for aspiring solicitors during lockdown. With experience of being a paralegal, blogger, Instagram influencer, as well as a keen runner, she has lots of experience and advice to share.


Axa Corporate Solutions sets up cross-border legal panel

Axa Corporate Solutions, part of the Axa group, has set up its own panel of law firms following an extensive beauty parade. Out of the 18 firms invited to tender, the successful firms are expected to be whittled down to 11. Several firms, including Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Ensor Byfield, James Chapman & Co, Kennedys and Weightmans […]

Clark makes assistant retention a priority

Slaughter and May‘s new senior partner is set to shake up the use of IT to aid fee-earner retention. Senior corporate partner Tim Clark is taking over from Giles Henderson, who has been in the position for eight years. Clark says that he intends to improve the firm’s IT capability to cut down on non-billable […]

Virgin territory

The Virgin Group provides an array of services, from aeroplanes to limobikes, and a rethink of the group’s legal panal is now called for. Fiona Callister reports on its compact in-house legal team and its plans for the future. It is tempting, when surveying the Virgin empire, to use the old cliché that the company […]

White & Case profits from Italian merger

White & Case‘s new Italian practice has gained an intellectual property (IP) partner and three associates through the merger of boutique firm Studio Attolico Legale and its Italian partner Varrenti e Associati. The deal comes just two weeks after White & Case announced its merger with the five-partner Italian corporate firm to create Studio Legale […]


About an hour’s drive south of San Francisco lies Silicon Valley, probably the most influential suburb in the world. Powered by a bunch of law firms that many of you never will have heard of, it is fast becoming the legal centre of the universe. In the Valley, it is the lawyers who rule the […]

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