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Taking time off to look after dependants

Understanding what employees’ rights are and how this should be handled by employers has never been more important as we reach the peak of the pandemic.

Material adverse change clauses – draft carefully

The unprecedented situation that the coronavirus pandemic has delivered to global commerce has impacted on a variety of contractual issues related to non-contentious day-to-day transactions.

An employment guide to lockdown 3.0

With COVID-19 taking hold once more, the government has put the UK under a third lockdown, forcing all non-essential shops to close once again.

BVI update: “Black Swan” legislation passed

On 31 December 2020, the BVI House of Assembly passed the so-called “Black Swan” Bill amending section 24 of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Virgin Islands) Act (Cap. 80) so as to confer jurisdiction on the BVI Court to grant interim relief in support of foreign proceedings.


Great Scott? Not quite, but showing promise

Veronica Cowan on the Bar Council lay complaints commissioner’s first year in office. Veronica Cowan is a barrister and freelance journalist. The public might perceive Michael Scott CB, CBE, DSO as typical of an appointment by the Bar Council. The Bar’s lay complaints commissioner is the public school-educated son of a colonel. He boasts manners […]

Dear incoming DPP…

Christopher Frazer has some advice for the next Director of Public Prosecutions. Christopher Frazer is a practising barrister at Harcourt Chambers, London and Oxford. In 1993, the Centre for Policy Studies published a pamphlet of mine regarding the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). In 1997, the Labour Party also published a pamphlet about the CPS. Labour’s […]

Dibbs unrest spurs IT head into talks with Arnheims

Dibb Lupton Alsop’s head of IT, David Barrett, is understood to be in talks to take his core IT team to another firm – believed to be Price Waterhouse’s law firm Arnheim & Co. As The Lawyer revealed last month, the firm’s London office has already lost three partners, two associates and four assistants in […]

Dentons wins challenge to take-or-pay contract

DENTON Hall has claimed victory in the House of Lords for its client Total Gas Marketing in the first successful challenge of a take-or-pay gas contract since the price of gas dropped in late 1994. Gas purchasers who in the early 1990s signed long-term take-or-pay contracts have found themselves tied to buying gas at a […]

In brief: Collyer-Bristow compensates with takeover

Collyer-Bristow has quickly covered the loss of three partners from its matrimonial department by taking over niche family law practice S Rutter & Co. Leading matrimonial lawyer Geoffrey Rutter is taking three assistants and a trainee to the firm. The move coincides with the opening last week of niche matrimonial firm, Levison Meltzer Pigott, headed […]

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