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Extension of temporary adjusted right to work checks

There has been a welcome announcement from the government today, an extension of the temporary COVID-19 adjusted right to work checks. Temporary checks will now continue until 20 June 2021.

Renew Romania 2021

A roadmap for investors and developers who are interested in entering the Romanian renewable energy markets, and for existing market players, insights on how to further streamline the setup, operation and financing of their investments in this sector.

The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal finds Norwich Pharmacal relief is available in aid of foreign proceedings

The Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands (CICA) has found that the Cayman courts have jurisdiction to grant a Norwich Pharmacal Order (NPO) in support of potential proceedings before a foreign court, even where alternative statutory remedies may be available (in this instance, the provisions of the Evidence (Proceedings in Other Jurisdictions) (Cayman Islands) Order 1978 (the Evidence Order)).


Zurich wins Barclays stalwart as new GC

Zurich Financial Services has snared Barclays’ head of corporate legal Neil Hodges for the role of UK general counsel. Hodges appointment follows the retirement of James Butler, who will leave the financial services company at the end of the month. Hodges’ new role sees him take responsibility for all legal and company secretarial matters related […]

Nominet plans to slash expert fees

UK domain name registrar Nominet is considering changes to its dispute resolution policy that could see it reduce fees by more than two-thirds for its expert decision service. An expert decision costs the claimant £750, whether the claim is contested or not. But now Nominet is considering lowering that fee to £200 if the other […]

LUL’s PPP review process in question after Metronet probe

The ongoing extraordinary review of failed tube operator Metronet is to have a significant impact on London Underground Limited’s (LUL) periodic PPP contract review (, 24 September). Last week, as part of the extraordinary review of Metronet’s £2bn cost overrun, PPP arbiter Chris Bolt ruled that the operator could have claimed between £140m to £470m […]

A&O scores £4.2bn Southern Water victory

An Allen & Overy (A&O)-advised consortium has emerged victorious in the £4.2bn auction for Southern Water. Veteran corporate partner Alan Paul led the team for A&O after financial advisers Maquarie recommended the firm. Paul steered Macquarie to victory in the £8bn auction for Thames Water last October. Corporate finance partner Susan Howard co-led the team […]

No cause for conflict

Reckless on conflicts? Freshfields? Certainly not. But goodness, the firm has some chutzpah. You would have thought that in the same year that former corporate head Barry O’Brien was hauled over the coals by a disciplinary tribunal for Freshfields’ conflict on the M&S bid, the firm would want to keep up appearances. But such sensitivities […]

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