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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.

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Woolf Year 2000 ruling to force SIF contributions hike

Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, has told the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) to insure firms against claims arising from the Millennium Bug – a move which could lead to a huge hike in SIF contributions. At a meeting last week with SIF chairman Peter Williamson and managing director Liz Mullins, he said it was […]

Counting the cost of Mills' free rein at the CPS

The Glidewell report on the CPS recommends dismantling virtually all the key changes implemented by DPP Dame Barbara Mills QC. With a service so manifestly beset by bureaucracy and demoralisation, John Malpas asks why the shake-up has been so long in coming. IN TRUE stiff upper lip fashion, Dame Barbara Mills QC was given 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 […]

Couderts hires Holman Fenwick litigator

COUDERT BROTHERS has taken litigation partner Bridget Wheeler from Holman Fenwick & Willan and so ended a six-month search for a head of litigation for its London office. Couderts’ London managing partner Philip Burroughs said that Wheeler’s appointment “was just the start of us developing a significant litigation capability”. Until now, the firm had only […]

In brief: Napier and McIntosh canvass online

Law Society presidential and vice-presidential candidates Michael Napier and David McIntosh have posted online manifestoes at www.irwinmitchell.co.uk, and have invited debate by e-mail to NapierM@irwinmitchell.co.uk and dmcintosh@dac.co.uk.

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