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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.


Family Finance and Tax, Martin Kaye and David Salter, Sweet & Maxwell £36

Martin Kaye and David Salter’s book cleverly consolidates in one publication the ever-widening aspects of family fiscal matters. The work is aimed at lay people as well as financial and professional advisers. It is divided into nine concise and well-structured chapters with each chapter being further divided into Key Points, Rules in Outline and Rules […]

Boutros-Ghali prize

Outgoing UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali is to be presented with an award by the New York State Bar Association. Boutros-Ghali will receive the distinction, an International Law and Affairs Award, during the association’s annual meeting on 22 January in Manhattan. The award recognises Boutros-Ghali’s “contribution to international law” and the NYSBA describes him as […]

College axes new LPC course

NOTTINGHAM Law School has been forced to axe its evening LPC course following changes to the curriculum which could force other colleges to follow suit, threatening access to legal education. Students at the college are furious that the course, which was being advertised until the beginning of December, has been suddenly dropped. But the Law […]

In brief: Scatcherd & Co links up with Kirbys

Harrogate firm Kirbys has taken over Scatcherd & Co, a local private client law firm. Scatcherd & Co’s sole principal, David Hopkins, has joined Kirbys as a consultant and his staff have moved to Kirbys’ offices. Kirbys partner Mark Hutchinson said he believed that the practice now had the strongest private client department in Harrogate. […]

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