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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…

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Christopher Aujard: Singer & Friedlander

Singer & Friedlander has hired a new legal chief who is building up the bank’s legal function from scratch. Lorraine Cushnie reports Christopher Aujard, head of group legal and compliance at Singer & Friedlander (S&F), likes to work with a blank canvas. The lawyer has been hired by the bank’s new management to build up […]

Bar Council, Law Society work on Anglo-Chinese relations

Meanwhile, the Law Society and Bar Council have been working hard in an attempt to open up further the Chinese legal market to UK firms. Law Society president Kevin Martin and Bar Council chairman Stephen Hockman QC recently spent 10 days in Beijing and Shanghai, meeting Chinese officials to promote opportunities for cooperation between the […]

Lewis Silkin recovers with 40 per cent profit hike

Lewis Silkin is celebrating a staggering 40 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner (PEP) after two years of plummeting profits. The firm saw PEP climb back to £226,000 from 2005’s £162,000, but it still has to regain the heights of 2003, when PEP was recorded at £245,000. Meanwhile, turnover rose 14 per […]

Midlands council trio solicit barristers’ sets

Three city councils in the Midlands are undertaking a joint panel review for barristers’ chambers. The councils of Derby, Leicester and Stoke-on-Trent began the process in April and have so far received more than 30 expressions of interest. The tendering process will be completed by the end of June, after which the selected chambers will […]

Foreign firms snap up Asian IPOs

It is no wonder local law firms are so aggrieved given the amount of headline grabbing IPO work farmed out to foreign firms within the region in recent weeks. First, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, led by Hong Kong partner Kay Ian Ng, and Sullivan & Cromwell scooped mandates to advise on the world’s biggest share listing […]

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