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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…


One-stop practice is the shape of things to come

Finers partner Michael Simmons has predicted that a growing number of firms will establish themselves in multi-disciplinary practices as clients increasingly opt for one-stop-shopping for legal services. But he said specialist lawyers could continue to win work by building boutique practices and appealing to the buyers’ right to choose. Speaking at the recent Paris meeting […]

Fountain takes jump into marketing

John Malpas reports A BACKROOM shake-up at the largest UK set has created a new post with the dreaded term “marketing” in its title. But for the newly-appointed director of marketing at Five Fountain Court, the term has been one which barristers have been afraid to use for too long. The huge Birmingham set, which […]


Courting clients

AT LEAST one High Court judge has condemned the practice, a Queen’s Counsel has spoken out against it, and now the Legal Services Ombudsman has called for action. But still the Law Society refuses to ban its members from sleeping with clients. Unlike doctors who are governed by strict ethical rules, solicitors in England and […]

Laundering code

The International Bar Association Council has urged its members to promote common professional standards on money laundering and embody them into a code of practice for lawyers worldwide. Recent estimates place the amount laundered around the globe at £500 billion per annum. The council has agreed to institute practice rules aimed at denying criminals access […]

Nuclear protest

The Law Council of Australia has issued a statement condemning the French government for its programme of nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean and calling on the country to cease testing until a determination is handed down by the International Court of Justice. The council, which made its statement with the support of the 22 […]

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