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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…

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The corporate group says it has made a comeback Last year’s explosive meeting between Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) corporate and banking partners, as first revealed by The Lawyer, highlighted the tensions between them. At a particularly stormy meeting last May, A&O’s banking partners issued an ultimatum to their corporate colleagues to get their house in […]

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Hammonds partners face informal 14-month lock-in

Hammonds is considering asking partners to commit to an informal 14-month lock-in in an attempt to stem the tide of departures from the firm. The Lawyer understands that the move is under discussion following a recent wave of departures from the firm. A total of 12 partners have announced their resignations since 1 January this […]

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