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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.


Bringing IP to Ireland

Ireland is becoming an attractive location for IP, with foreign companies moving their brands/licensing IP to those located in Ireland. To sustain this position, substantial efforts have been made to introduce measures to ensure that Ireland has the necessary legislative and administrative framework in place to offer sufficient legal protection for IP rights, as well […]

Byrne in the USA: Wragges and known man

It’s amazing how often a certain British firm crops up in New York. Or, to be more accurate, how often one of its partners does. Wragge & Co’s David Birch was in town last Saturday (27 October). A spot of Manhattan networking, four days back in Blighty and then Birch was back again yesterday (Thursday […]

RSP principles win legal and banking market approval

Lawyers and bankers gave a thumbs up to the recently issued principles for retail structured products (RSPs) after two feedback meetings were held last month. Both meetings, one of which was held at Clifford Chance‘s London office, discussed how the RSP principles could be further refined in order to improve the distribution of these investment […]

Bird & Bird celebrates record six months

Bird & Bird is celebrating one of the best half year performances in its history, growing by 24 per cent over the last six months. The firm has added nearly a quarter to its half year revenue, ending on £68.5m. Managing partner David Kerr said: “I think we’ve expanded a lot internationally. We’re finding that […]

Pinsents and SJB set for £200m turnover

At the half-year stage Pinsent Masons and SJ Berwin are both on course to break the £200m barrier by the end of the financial year. Pinsent Masons performance for the first six months of its financial year saw turnover grow 10 per cent on the same period last year to hit the £100m mark for […]

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