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Are you ready for the immigration shake-up?

With COVID-19 continuing to dominate the headlines, it is perhaps easy to forget that the UK’s Brexit transition period is due to end on 31 December 2020. This will bring about the biggest change to UK immigration laws in recent memory and will have a direct impact on how employers recruit overseas staff. EU Settlement […]

Client Advisory: US Government Ramps Up Actions to Combat Forced Labor

The US executive and legislative branches are ratcheting up pressure on companies to address forced labor in their supply chains. The US Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) has in recent months announced a series of Withhold Release Orders (WROs) and a Finding following investigations into forced labor. Additionally, the US […]

The Cayman Islands administrative fines regime & investment funds

CIMA now has the ability to issue administrative fines for breaches committed by entities or individuals of prescribed provisions of laws, regulations and rules regulated by CIMA. On 26 June 2020, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority’s (“CIMA”) powers to impose administrative fines were extended by the enactment of the Monetary Authority (Administrative Fines) (Amendment) Regulations, […]

How to Apply for a Judicial Review and how to Appeal a Decision

A Judicial Review is the vehicle by which the decisions of public authorities of all descriptions (including the government) can be challenged to establish their legality and whether the principles of public law have been complied with. The current on-going crisis that has arisen due to the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a raft of […]



Claims Direct has come crashing down to earth. As with all good tragic characters, fatal and inescapable flaws have caused this one-time darling of the London Stock Exchange to self-destruct. Investors’ rocky love affair with the personal injury (PI) revolutionary/ambulance-chasing scumbag (depending on your point of view) finally came to an acrimonious end earlier this […]

All or nothing

Conditional fees for personal injury cases are one thing, but when it comes to major commercial litigation, Jon Robins finds out that the big City firms have yet to take CFAs to their hearts Most City lawyer might be forgiven for thinking that conditional fees were the exclusive preserve of their colleagues on the high […]

Conquering the US

The launch of Clifford Chance’s San Francisco office saw the profession’s biggest ever lateral hire CC makes lateral-hire history with mammoth raid on BrobeckThe award for most dramatic saga so far this year has to go to San Francisco-based Brobeck Phleger & Harrison. Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells plundered the West Coast firm for the […]

Profits hit by £1m fee on Withers' US merger

Withers has recorded flat profits this year after spending at least £1m on fees for legal advice on its transatlantic merger The firms used included Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson.Withers merged with US private client firm Bergman Horowitz & Reynolds in early 2001, making a net profit of £9m in the last financial year […]

Vincent & Elkins rides out Enronitis as oil/gas sector sends its regards

Clifford Chance placed third in eyes of energy companies; utilities lawyers target the Middle East, CIS and Africa Involvement in the Enron scandal has failed to change the views of in-house counsel towards Houston firm Vinson & Elkins. In Petroleum Economist magazine’s latest survey, the firm was voted international law firm with the best knowledge […]

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