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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.



As the Hunting Act approaches, the pro-hunting brigade is fighting a losing battle in the courts As a matter of law, the current challenges in the courts by the Countryside Alliance have absolutely no chance of success. Politically, the hunters may feel they should be seen by their followers to be ‘doing something’ about the […]

Using your influence

A lack of influencing skills is stopping lawyers achieving their goals. Colin Williams reports A common process when undertaking practice development coaching with law firms is to define exactly what individuals or groups are trying to achieve, identify what is stopping them from attaining these goals and pinpoint how they can overcome the blocks they […]

Commercial Court suffers five-year decline in cases

The number of trials heard in the Commercial Court has dropped continuously for the last five years, it emerged last week. The court’s annual report revealed that last year just 58 trials were heard – down from 81 trials in 2002-03. Claims are also dropping, with 1,104 claim forms issued in 2003-04, representing a drop […]

Addleshaws takes Hammonds head of PFI/PPP

Hammonds is losing yet another construction lawyer as its respected head of PFIs and PPPs Nigel Proctor leaves for Addleshaw Goddard. Proctor, a partner in Hammonds’ Manchester office, will move to Addleshaws at the end of the financial year. His departure follows the 28 January announcement that Birmingham construction partners James Bessey and Mark Robinson […]

Beachcrofts in triple raid to bolster construction

Beachcroft Wansbroughs has bolstered its construction team with the hire of three new partners. In London, Tony Blackler joins Beachcrofts from Macfarlanes where he is a partner in the firm’s property group. Blackler specialises in contentious construction work but also has a non-contentious practice. Meanwhile in Birmingham and Bristol respectively, Beachcrofts has recruited Shoosmiths associate […]

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