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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…


Will tax laws give start-ups a break?

Gordon Brown’s Enterprise Management Incentive Scheme, to be announced this week, aims to give tax breaks to small businesses. The forum looks at the changes and asks are they enough? City lawyers are divided over the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s plans to introduce tax breaks to small and start-up companies. Gordon Brown revealed the tax […]

All change at Allen & Overy

As Allen & Overy’s plans for European expansion come good it has ousted its senior partner for a younger man. Ryan Dunleavy reports on the goings on at A&O. You can forgive John Rink, Allen & Overy’s managing partner, for feeling just a little bit pleased with himself. The magic circle firm has just announced […]

Carter-Ruck threatens action against own firm

Libel specialist Peter Carter-Ruck is considering legal action against his own firm in a dispute about its strategy. The octogenarian lawyer, who continues to practise as a consultant at Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners, is in dispute with several senior partners over whether the firm should remain a niche practice or expand. Carter-Ruck says an agreement […]

Oil giant reshuffles in-house

The world’s eighth largest oil company Eni is restructuring its in-house legal department as part of a UK shake-up aimed at cutting costs. Legal counsel Richard Shoylekov has been made business development and legal manager of Agip UK, the oil and gas exploration and research subsidiary of the Italian oil producer. Agip UK uses a […]

Scuffle of the week

Lawyers v accountants – potentially. The High Court has ruled that accountancy giant KPMG owed a duty of care to the Law Society. This means accountants could be sued by the Law Society for fraud committed by solicitors they have audited. Accountants could see their professional indemnity premiums rocket as a result.

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