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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…


Litigation Writs 12/09/95

Wakefield City Council has issued a High Court writ against Gordon Eccles, of Kinsley, Wakefield in a bid to ban him from holding markets within six miles of markets run by the City Council at Hems-worth and South Elmsall. Writ issued by Sharpe Pritchard, agents for the City Council. CH 4182. A 74-year-old Solihull man […]

City showdown for Fisons takeover bid

Slaughter and May and Allen & Overy are squaring up in the £1.7 billion hostile takeover bid for Fisons by US drugs company Rhone-Poulenc Rorer (RPR). Slaughters’ team, acting for RPR, is led by corporate partner Tim Clark, who headed the firm’s team for investment bank Kleinwort Benson in its £1 billion acquisition by German […]

Litigation Personal Injury 12/12/95

Maitland-Walker v Seventh Dial and Mothercare UK – QBD 20 November 199Claimant: Oliver Maitland-Walker, 7 Accident: Serious burns after ‘Moses Basket’ supposed to be fireproof was set alight when child’s sister dropped lighted match into it Injuries: Claimant received extensive burns to head, face, shoulders and arms; total burns covered around 30 per cent of […]

Courts gear up to fight fines plan

THE HIGH Court has granted magistrates committees leave to judicially review the Home Secretary and Lord Chancellor over the transfer of police enforcement duties. The action is being taken by the Central Council of Magistrates Courts Committees (CCMCC), an organisation which represents the 105 Magistrates Courts Committees around the country. Duncan Webster, general secretary of […]

In brief: Hammond Suddards pioneer retires

Hammond Suddards senior partner Alan Bottomley has announced plans to retire after 24 years building the firm to its current position. Bottomley has been influential in the firm’s development since the mid-1970s, having seen it grow from his family practice Gaunt, Fosters & Bottomley through several mergers finally to become a 900-staff commercial firm with […]

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