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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…


In brief: Duane Morris & Heckscher

Duane Morris & Heckscher, a US firm, has entered a joint venture, Alicante Trademark Professinals SL, with Spanish firm Bufete Gimenez Torres and Latin American firm Bustamante & Bustamante, to help its US clients protect their intellectual property in Europe.

In brief: The Wilkes Partnership

The Wilkes Partnership has agreed a referral arrangement with Challinors Lyon Clark for clinical negligence work. Its clinical negligence specialist Nicholas Tubb will move to Challinors.

In brief: Sinclair Roche & Temperley

Sinclair Roche & Temperley has appointed former Shanghai admiralty judge Chen Zhensheng as its senior People’s Republic of China legal consultant in Shanghai. Sinclair Roche has also appointed Adrian Clarke as its chief representative in Shanghai.

Scuffle of the week

Home Secretary Jack Straw v the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, who – seemingly oblivious to Tony Blair’s uncompromising anti-drugs stance in Bournemouth – are rowing over drugs. The Judicial Studies Board is issuing guidelines suggesting judges should be lenient with cannabis users who say they are Rastafarians. It seems Straw did not know of the […]

Rival KLegal raids firm securing three senior lawyers

KLegal, the legal arm of Big Five accountants KPMG, has raided bitter rival Arnheim Tite & Lewis for three senior lawyers and is threatening to poach more at partner level from City firms. The defectors are banking lawyer Michael Dickie, employment specialist Colina Gathercole and IT lawyer Anthony Lee. They join KLegal as directors, the […]

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