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Furlough and redundancy: Jurisdictional comparison for Ireland, Guernsey and Jersey

The governments of Ireland, Guernsey and Jersey have created payroll co-funding/subsidy schemes in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The rules and eligibility criteria are different in each jurisdiction, as are the laws on furlough, variation of terms, redundancy and collective consultation. In this advisory, we have sought to help businesses with employees in one or more of these jurisdictions to understand the nuances and distinctions that exist under the respective laws.

For the love of lockdown

In this guest blog, Sophie Warren shares her thoughts on self-development for aspiring solicitors during lockdown. With experience of being a paralegal, blogger, Instagram influencer, as well as a keen runner, she has lots of experience and advice to share.

Time to go home: BP v Surrey County Council and RP

This case is of importance not only because it was likely to arise in other cases in the UK context of the coronavirus, but because Article 15 considerations arise in cases of grave importance, such as national security cases.

Cyprus: Predictability of criminal liability in relation to restrictions of movements due to Covid-9

The prohibition of unnecessary movements was implemented from the 24th of March, in accordance with the provisions of the Regulatory Administrative Act 117/2020. Subsequently, with the coming into force of the Regulatory Administrative Act 152/2020, from 13 April until 4 May, at 5:59 a.m., citizens without permission to commute due to work were only permitted one movement by exception, after following the SMS process, or the handwritten completion of Form B for persons above 65 years of age.


Debevoise swipes Linklaters partner

Debevoise Plimpton has snared Linklaters London corporate partner Guy Lewin-Smith. Lewin-Smith will take up his post as partner in the US firm’s London corporate team in the New Year. Debevoise Europe managing partner James Kiernan said: “Guy has an impressive breadth of practice. His UK and cross-border M&A and equity capital markets capabilities will strengthen […]

Finland’s Hannes Snellman outstrips rival Roschier

Hannes Snellman has leapfrogged Roschier to become Finland’s largest law firm after a massive 39 per cent leap in turnover. The firm made e45.9m (£32.18m) in gross revenue in its last financial year, compared with Roschier’s e45.1m (£31.61m), but the latter remains Finland’s most profitable, with an average profit per equity partner in excess of […]

Cayman Islands

The volatility of the US sub-prime lending market has highlighted the need for offshore funds to be truly offshore. By Sam Shires and Erin Gray Ensuring that an offshore investment fund is truly managed offshore has always been an important factor for tax reasons, but in these times of turbulent markets the location of the […]


What a difference a year or two make when it comes to the expansionary tactics of offshore law firms. Just 24 months ago the offshore legal market was a very different beast. Since then there have been no fewer than four mergers within the ‘offshore magic circle’, not to mention a myriad of office openings. […]

Isle of Man: funds

The Isle of Man has launched two new funds aimed at attracting top overseas investors. Simon Harding and Paul Branford report In September 2006 the Funds Review Group (the FRG) was established and charged with of reviewing the Isle of Man’s investment funds industry. The group, which comprised leading members of both the public and […]

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