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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…


The Firm

It’s the plotline that’s got the whole country gripped. The 54-year-old businessman Thomas Henderson was getting into his car outside the offices of City law firm The Firm, when the assailant pulled up alongside and fired three shots into his chest. A hospital spokesman said that Mr Henderson’s condition was critical and that “somehow the […]

Address me carefully

No, Tulkinghorn just will not do it. There will be no poking fun at the regions. Such behaviour is absolutely no longer acceptable. Oh, go on then. Last week’s most widely read press release on The Lawyer news desk was certainly that from Leeds-based solicitors Brooke North. The firm is e-nabling itself by launching what […]

CIT group

The acquisition of East India Dock is the fourth in a string of Docklands transactions for Capital & Income Trust (CIT), which started with the acquisition of South Quay II from the receivers of Baxendale in 1999. Last year, CIT bought Wyndham House in South Quay Plaza and 3 Harbour Exchange. Macfarlanes property partner Chris […]

Dancing on the ceiling

moving in-house has always been a popular goal for lawyers, often from day one of their training contract. A two-year stint in private practice to earn your spurs and then off to that sexy in-house post to deal with real people and real problems. That is the theory, but for the very ambitious there is […]


In November 1998, the Court of Appeal in Johnson v Gore Wood & Co struck out as an abuse of process, under the rule in Henderson v Henderson, an action that had begun more than five years earlier and was eight weeks from trial. The court held that Johnson should have brought his action at […]

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