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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…


The glass ceiling is still firmly in place

ALTHOUGH nearly half the lawyers admitted nine years ago were women, only 25 per cent of this year’s new partners are women. This is despite the fact that the majority of respondents to the survey, carried out by the Young Women Lawyers group conceded that there was no shortage of eligible women for partnership. Further, […]

In brief: SBA accounts reveal funds deficit

An increase in grants and a reduction in investment income have been blamed for the £46,006 net deficit recorded by the Solicitor’s Benevolent Association in its 1994 accounts. SBA president Eila Rochfort says deficits have been recorded in the past but, as the Association has put no ceiling on awards made to beneficiaries, “this must […]

In brief: Report due on Westminster city lawyer

A report on the conduct of former Westminster City solicitor Matthew Ives was due out this week. John Magill, the council’s district auditor, was set to deliver his view on the part played by Ives in the controversial ‘designated sales’ housing policy


A&O beats City to nuclear work

ALLEN & Overy has won the job of advising the Government in its privatisation of the nuclear industry. The firm will act for the Department of Trade. It beat a shortlist of four City giants last week, including Slaughter and May, which advised the former Department of Energy in the electricity privatisation, and Herbert Smith. […]

Study urges equality on partnership

LAW firms must make concerted efforts to ensure that women receive the same opportunities as their male colleagues to reach senior levels, a report says. The report is produced by the newly-formed Young Women Lawyers group. It says that despite Law Society statistics which show 44 per cent of solicitors admitted nine years ago were […]

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