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How UK employers can deal with special circumstances of Covid-19

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). As the virus continues to spread extensively, it poses significant challenge to businesses and raises various points of employment law for employers.

COVID-19 and investment protection

As the world grapples with COVID-19, we are seeing some of the most unprecedented State measures of our time. Measures causing severe financial damage to many businesses and industries. Where does that leave foreign investors? Will they be able to claim compensation?

Cayman Islands Employment Update

The first ever electronic meeting of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly on 23 April 2020 considered a number of pieces of legislation, largely in response to the COVID-19 emergency, that are likely to be of interest to local employers and employees. This note is intended to provide a brief overview of the key changes: some […]

Corona Crisis: Amendment of the obligation to file for insolvency in CEE

With the fourth law on COVID-19, the Austrian legislator has suspended the obligation of an overindebted debtor to file for insolvency until 30 June 2020, irrespective of the cause of the over-indebtedness. Some other countries in the CEE region have also adopted measures to combat the consequences of COVID-19 as detailed in the following overview…


SJ Berwin hires Beiten Burkhardt property chief

SJ Berwin has boosted its German property practice with the hire of partner Hans Thomas Kessler, director of real estate at Beiten Burkhardt. Kessler is understood to be bringing a team of associates, although SJ Berwin is still in negotiations as to how many. Senior partner Jonathan Blake said the appointment was “good news” for […]

Devonshires in management shake-up

City firm Devonshires has appointed corporate and finance head Andrew Cowan as chief executive in a shake-up of its management structure. Cowan’s new role will be to build on client relationships and represent Devonshires throughout the housing sector. In addition to Cowan’s new post, senior partner and property chief Allan Hudson is stepping down from […]


HR and training take centre stage as law firms enter interesting times

There is an old Chinese curse that says: “May you live in interesting times.” And if the topics discussed last week by delegates at The Lawyer’s conference on talent management and graduate training are anything to go by, most of the legal industry’s HR managers seem to have fallen victim to it. The fallout from […]

Public sector

As The Lawyer revealed last week (22 September), the UK’s largest unitary authority Birmingham City Council is reviewing its legal panel of 21 firms. Director of governance Mirza Ahmad will next month invite existing panel firms to apply for contracts that are set to begin in September 2009 and which taken together account for an […]

LG in redundancy talks with 21 staff

LG has entered into a redundancy consultation with 21 support staff, with the firm blaming “overcapacity” rather than wider market conditions. Nine secretaries are being consulted in the real estate department, together with eight evening telephone receptionists and four other secretaries. A spokesperson at the firm told The Lawyer that four of the secretaries would […]

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