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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.


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 […]

Gulf streamlining

By bringing in Western regulation expertise, the Dubai government is making sure it is seen to be taking the issue of regulatory competence seriously. By Jonathan Ames One sure sign of an advanced economy is whether and how its financial services are regulated. The authorities in Dubai are keenly aware of criticism levelled at other […]

Hidden talent

As international private practice law firms continue their rush to the Gulf, in-house counsel are taking on an increasingly vital role. But is the calibre of legal talent in the region up to the job? wonders Jonathan Ames. In the sandstorm created by the stampede of international private practice law firms into the Gulf, the […]

Pillsbury raids Thelen a second time in three days

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has rapidly followed up its raid on Thelen’s China practice (, 29 September) with the hire of two more of the firm’s lawyers. Michael Jaffe and Ronan McHugh, two Thelen construction litigators joined Pillsbury’s Washington, DC office today (1 October) as partner and counsel respectively. “Michael and Ronan bring top-tier construction […]


Honesty’s the best redundancy policy

At the time of writing, the number of redundancies in private practice has risen to 569. In just the past week lawyers and support staff from Halliwells, Ward Hadaway, LG and Finers Stephens Innocent have all joined that unfortunate band. If you want to check the current tally then visit, where we’re updating the […]

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