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How UK employers can deal with special circumstances of Covid-19

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). As the virus continues to spread extensively, it poses significant challenge to businesses and raises various points of employment law for employers.

COVID-19 and investment protection

As the world grapples with COVID-19, we are seeing some of the most unprecedented State measures of our time. Measures causing severe financial damage to many businesses and industries. Where does that leave foreign investors? Will they be able to claim compensation?

Cayman Islands Employment Update

The first ever electronic meeting of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly on 23 April 2020 considered a number of pieces of legislation, largely in response to the COVID-19 emergency, that are likely to be of interest to local employers and employees. This note is intended to provide a brief overview of the key changes: some […]

Corona Crisis: Amendment of the obligation to file for insolvency in CEE

With the fourth law on COVID-19, the Austrian legislator has suspended the obligation of an overindebted debtor to file for insolvency until 30 June 2020, irrespective of the cause of the over-indebtedness. Some other countries in the CEE region have also adopted measures to combat the consequences of COVID-19 as detailed in the following overview…


O’Melveny bolsters M&A after swoop on Wilson Sonsini, McDermott

O’Melveny & Myers is dramatically ramping up its M&A offering in San Francisco and New York after raids on Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and McDermott Will & Emery. The Los Angeles-based firm has dealt a blow to McDermott with the hire of three partners including the firm’s high profile head of M&A, Spencer Klein. […]

Simmons settles anti-Semitism claim

Simmons & Simmons has settled an anti-Semitism claim with rebel partner Robert Schon. The City firm has stated that tribunal proceedings are no longer continuing. It is understood that Schon will remain a partner with the firm. As revealed by The Lawyer last year, Schon, a tax partner, filed his claim against Simmons on 19 […]

Watson Burton signals Leeds intentions with new premises

Newcastle firm Watson Burton has signalled its commitment to its Leeds outpost by agreeing terms for new offices in the city. The firm announced it was to open in Leeds last August. The new premises in City Square, in the centre of the city, will house Watson Burton’s growing Leeds team. Senior partner Andrew Hoyle […]

Cobbetts raids Hammonds for construction splash

Hammonds has suffered a double construction loss as two Birmingham partners move to Cobbetts. Birmingham head of construction James Bessey and non-contentious partner Mark Robinson join Cobbetts’ existing two-partner Midlands construction team. The hires boost Cobbetts’ construction team nationally to nine partners. According to Cobbetts’ national construction head Mark Whittell, Bessey and Robinson will add […]


The preparation of witnesses contrasts significantly on either side of the Atlantic Have you ever seen a nervous litigator? It’s probably because their witness of fact is about to enter the witness box. Naturally, it’s a tense time for all concerned. It’s best to do whatever you can to prepare them for the experience. It […]

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