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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…



Devonport Management is being advised by Norton Rose and Bond Pearce in its bid to acquire Devonport Royal Dockyard, which it has managed since 1987 under a government-owned, contractor-operated arrangement.

Law Society loosens grip on college

TIES between the Law Society and the College of Law may be loosened if council members approve a proposal to relinquish Chancery Lane’s stronghold on the college board. The proposal, put forward by the society’s strategy committee, will go before council at this Thursday’s meeting. If passed it will mean the council will give up […]

Missing the point

I am afraid that John Lymbury’s letter which appeared in The Lawyer 27 March evades the real issues. It is precisely because it is “an official Group” that the Sole Practitioners Group cannot accept solicitors who are not members of the Law Society. It is also because it has chosen to be entirely dependent on […]

Bird & Bird strengthens IT line-up

City law firm Bird & Bird has recruited Simon Chalton as a consultant and Hilary Pearson as a partner to boost its IT department Chalton, a former IT consultant with Masons, joins the firm as an adviser on databases, data protection and the developing law of privacy. Pearson, a former partner with Texas law firm […]

Public Interest Perspectives in Environmental Law

WHITE collar criminals locked up in the Australian state of New South Wales could be forced to pay AUS$50,000 (£22,000) a year for their stay in prison if a law proposed by the state’s premier is passed. In an unprecedented move Bob Carr has announced plans to charge white collar offenders and prisoners jailed for […]

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