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New immigration rules for sportspeople

By Rachel Harvey, Ella Davis From 1 January 2021, free movement of European nationals will end, and the UK will introduce a points-based immigration system. Under the new system, all EU and non-EU citizens will be treated equally which will completely transform the way in which EU migrants come to the UK to work. Under […]

Will COVID-19 change how we use our cities for the better?

By Jo McGuinness COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the occupation and use of our cities resetting the model of how we live and work. However, the key question is whether these changes will ultimately improve our quality of life and protect the environment in which we live? The end of the traditional commute […]

What are the chances of enforcing a foreign arbitral award or court judgment in Moldova? Recent developments & practical tips

By Vladimir Iurkovski Moldova is a member state to the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards. It is also a UNCITRAL Model Law country when it comes to international and domestic arbitration. In addition, Moldova has several treaties on recognition and enforcement of foreign civil (commercial) judgments. Still, as […]

BVI commercial litigation In the digital age: Responding to COVID-19 nd beyond

By Alecia Johns, Andrew Hay The Covid-19 pandemic is the single most globally impactful event for decades. It is no surprise that, as in most fields, the functioning of courts has warranted urgent and necessary adaptation in its wake. The pandemic has accelerated modernisation towards electronic filings and virtual hearings across the world. The BVI […]

Good(ish) news for BA

By Patrick Wheeler In July 2019 the Information Commissioners Office announced an intention to fine BA £183M for infringements of the GDPR. Around 400,000 users of the BA website had been diverted to a fraudulent site where the customers’ login, payment and travel details were harvested. The breach was not discovered until 2 months later. […]



Exclusive: University of Law to close in York and open in Leeds

The University of Law is planning to launch a branch in Leeds and close in York, in a move that could double the number of course places the institution offers in the region. Europe’s biggest law school intends to open in the centre of Leeds by September next year. The move will involve closing the […]

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Ireland’s A&L Goodbody adds third US office in San Francisco

A&L Goodbody has added to its presence in the US with the launch of a San Francisco office. The move follows the firm’s launch in Palo Alto 18 months ago (22 December 2011), and gives A&L Goodbody its third office in the US. It has been present in New York for many years. Partner John […]

Disciplining employees in their absence: employers beware

There may be occasions when employers have to take disciplinary action against employees in their absence, but this carries legal risks. The recent dismissal of Gus Poyet from his post as manager of Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club live on BBC TV is a timely reminder for employers to beware when disciplining and dismissing […]

Simmons sees minimal decrease in both turnover and profit

Simmons & Simmons has posted a slight drop in turnover from £251.7m to £250.3m for the 2012/13 financial year, with a similar drop in average profit per equity partner (PEP). The latest financials, which are still unaudited, show that net profit remained stable at £66.2m in 2012/13, compared to £66m in the previous year. The […]

Native title taxation measures pass in final sitting week

In its final sitting week, the Commonwealth parliament passed three pieces of legislation that include important measures aimed at clarifying the taxation treatment of payments and benefits provided under native title agreements. Together, the Tax Laws Amendment (2012 Measures No. 6) Act 2013 (Cth) and the Tax Laws Amendment (2013 Measures No. 2) Act 2013(Cth) […]

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