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Taking time off to look after dependants

Understanding what employees’ rights are and how this should be handled by employers has never been more important as we reach the peak of the pandemic.

Material adverse change clauses – draft carefully

The unprecedented situation that the coronavirus pandemic has delivered to global commerce has impacted on a variety of contractual issues related to non-contentious day-to-day transactions.

An employment guide to lockdown 3.0

With COVID-19 taking hold once more, the government has put the UK under a third lockdown, forcing all non-essential shops to close once again.

BVI update: “Black Swan” legislation passed

On 31 December 2020, the BVI House of Assembly passed the so-called “Black Swan” Bill amending section 24 of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Virgin Islands) Act (Cap. 80) so as to confer jurisdiction on the BVI Court to grant interim relief in support of foreign proceedings.


Govt too slow on fixed fee contracts

The Bar Council has accused the Government of dragging its feet over introducing a system of fixed fee contracting for high-cost cases. A Bar Council spokesman says that a working party was set up to look into the matter by the Lord Chancellor’s Department early last year, but a decision has still not been made. […]

It's been a good week for…

Civil liberties. Nine newspapers and broadcasters succeeded in defeating an application to the Old Bailey by the City of London Police for possession of video footage, photographs and notes taken during last month’s demonstrations in the City, arguing it is not the job of journalists to gather evidence for the police. Upper class drug users. […]

Linklaters woos French duo from Gide Loyrette

Linklaters & Alliance has recruited another two partners from top French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel to work in its continental offices. Olivier D’Ormesson was the head of Gide’s Brussels office and will move to the Linklaters office in the city as a partner specialising in EU and anti-trust law. And in Paris, the main Gide […]

It's been a good week for…

Secret agents with an identity crisis. Global giants MGM cinemas and Sony were due to go to battle in a terse courtroom thriller over who gets to make the next James Bond movie. The fight ended with a $5m (u3.12m) settlement giving MGM a licence to film – leaving Sony shaken not stirred, perhaps. Law […]

SJ Berwin lawyers in resignation mystery

Four lawyers have resigned from SJ Berwin’s trademark and designs group before the group’s planned move to Field Fisher Waterhouse. The Lawyer revealed on 22 March that the trademark group was moving to Field Fisher. At the time, John Olsen, the partner who heads the group, said the entire 15-strong group, including his team of […]

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