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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 […]


It's been a good week for…

Terrorists. The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham of Cornhill, has ruled that the UK’s key weapon against terrorists, the Prevention of Terrorism Act 1989, violates the basic right to a fair trial. The landmark ruling condemns certain sections of the Act for undermining the presumption that a person is innocent until proven guilty and thereby […]

Silk quits 39 Essex St for Brick Court

One of the country’s top public law silks is abandoning Bar Council chairman Dan Brennan’s set to join “magic circle” commercial chambers, Brick Court. Richard Gordon QC is the second barrister to leave 39 Essex Street in a month. He is quitting, he says, because Brick Court offers a European dimension. Judicial review and human […]

Cambridge dons should practise not preach

Cambridge dons are protesting that plans for a legal practice course at the university are not fitting for such an academic breeding ground. The law – to these professors – may well be an intellectual pursuit no different from any of the other purely non-vocational subjects taught at Cambridge. But unlike subjects such as history […]

Freshfields looks to the East after Dutch move

Freshfields plans to open offices in Poland after poaching four Dutch lawyers for its new Amsterdam office. Freshfields’ chief executive, Alan Peck, says that the Dutch office completes the west European picture for the firm. “We are now turning our sights to eastern Europe and India,” he says. “The boys have been sniffing around Poland […]

LAB awards direct contract to 2 Garden Court

2 Garden Court has become the first chambers to win a direct contract from the Legal Aid Board. The public can now bypass law firms to get legally-aided advice direct from the set. Colin Cook, senior clerk at the common law set, describes the contract as “a very exciting development”. Jan Luba, a barrister at […]

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