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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…



Stephenson Harwood acted for Australia and New Zealand Banking Group in connection with a series of loans which the bank arranged for Indian borrowers.

In brief: DPP to deliver Fawcett lecture on equality

Director of Public Prosecutions Barbara Mills QC will be answering the intriguing question “What does a woman want?” when she delivers the Second Fawcett Library Lecture. Mills will examine the barriers to making equal opportunities at work a reality for women, and what is being done by the Civil Service and the CPS in particular […]


Fountain Court Chambers celebrated an unprecedented year of judicial appointments with a party at the Wallace Collection. It was hosted by head of chambers Peter Scott QC (front). Among the appointees were: (l to r) Charles Gibson QC (Circuit bench); Lord Justice Potter (Lord Justice of Appeal); Timothy Walker QC, (High Court); Lord Justice Brooke […]

Cleared solicitor rails against 'these disgraceful allegations'

Freshfields partner and former Westminster deputy chief solicitor, Robert Lewis, was one of three people to be cleared of wilful misconduct at the conclusion of the ‘home for votes’ inquiry. Lewis, the council’s deputy chief solicitor between 1986 and 1988, said after the release of district auditor John Magill’s report last week: “These disgraceful allegations […]

Conference looks forward to a positive future

The young boy in the red cap who sat patiently beside his mother throughout an afternoon of speeches was blissfully unaware that the future of his generation was being carefully mapped out. Speaker after speaker at the Association of African, Caribbean and Asian Lawyers Group fifth annual conference, held in London on 26 October, was […]

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