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Combating both a No-deal Brexit and coronavirus restrictions – How to keep ahead

By Nick McEwen UK Businesses are well aware that they are facing the double challenge of Brexit and coronavirus whilst standing on the shifting sands of the ever-changing government stances relating to the twin perils with the consequential effect on their ability to do business. Agility is the key to survival when even sound contingency […]

Impact on the management of tax and social security obligations

By Tiago Marreiros Moreira, João Riscado Rapoula Are there any transitional social security measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19? Regarding social security contributions to maintain jobs due to the impact of the COVID-19, the following measures were announced: Reduction of 1/3 of social security contributions due in March, April and May 2020; Payment of […]

New immigration rules for sportspeople

By Rachel Harvey, Ella Davis From 1 January 2021, free movement of European nationals will end, and the UK will introduce a points-based immigration system. Under the new system, all EU and non-EU citizens will be treated equally which will completely transform the way in which EU migrants come to the UK to work. Under […]

Will COVID-19 change how we use our cities for the better?

By Jo McGuinness COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the occupation and use of our cities resetting the model of how we live and work. However, the key question is whether these changes will ultimately improve our quality of life and protect the environment in which we live? The end of the traditional commute […]

What are the chances of enforcing a foreign arbitral award or court judgment in Moldova? Recent developments & practical tips

By Vladimir Iurkovski Moldova is a member state to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards. It is also a UNCITRAL Model Law country when it comes to international and domestic arbitration. In addition, Moldova has several treaties on recognition and enforcement of foreign civil (commercial) judgments. Still, as […]


Counting the pennies

Poor old Slaughter and May must be having a tough time of it at the moment. After being hoofed out of the magic circle by this very tome, the firm has been forced to endure yet more indignities.Last week, one of its clients was due to send more than £1.5m to a particular company it […]


Lovells stays loyal to LMUK on Nectar card scheme

Lovells has been drawn into the retail sector’s obsession with customer loyalty schemes after advising Loyalty Management UK (LMUK) on its high-profile launch of the Nectar card.The loyalty card, a joint venture between Sainsbury’s, Barclaycard, BP and Debenhams, was launched to much publicity on 16 September.The unveiling of Nectar, which experienced computer glitches within hours […]

Herbert Smith boosts Gleiss tie in £260m Johnson Matthey deal

Herbert Smith has galvanised its alliance with Gleiss Lutz after persuading Johnson Matthey to use the German firm for its £260m acquisition of ICI’s catalyst business Synetix.The deal, which is part of ICI’s drive to reduce its £2.3bn debt mountain, required both German and Indian legal expertise as the transaction also included the disposal of […]

Powers quits JP Morgan

Averill Powers, the former UK general counsel of JP Morgan Chase, has mysteriously left the bank A JP Morgan spokesperson said that Powers had left to “pursue other opportunities”. The spokesperson added that the bank did not know whether Powers had taken up another post.Powers was UK general counsel at JP Morgan until the bank’s […]

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