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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…


In brief: Law Society unveils legal aid roadshows

The Law Society has announced the dates for a series of regional roadshows to discuss the legal aid reforms: Birmingham (25 November), London (30 November), Bristol (1 December), Newcastle (3 December), Leeds (7 December), Manchester (8 December) and Cardiff (10 December). For more details ring 0171 242 1222 and ask for the legal aid policy […]

Lawyers beware – Ol' Red Eyes is back

Chris Fogarty reports on the likely victims of the legal cull that will be inflicted on the profession following this month’s Queen’s Speech. The Government has one major problem with lawyers. Lawyers see themselves as a profession. The Government sees the law as a business. A senior government source has told The Lawyer that for […]

Money men will do Year 2000 job

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 578 7249, e-mail, DX44700 Soho Square. Andrew Clay is right to highlight the Government’s failure to force businesses to become millennium compliant (The Lawyer, 20 October). Indeed the position is much worse. The two bills to which he refers – […]

David Calvert-Smith:The QC who dared to be DPP

David Calvert-Smith QC is risking all to become the new Director of Public Prosecutions. John Malpas finds out whether Michael Beloff QC’s one-time fag is cut out for the toughest job in the profession. Everyone at the criminal Bar is asking the same question: What on earth prompted David Calvert-Smith QC to take on the […]

Knight puts tunnel project back on track

Bill Knight of Simmons & Simmons is leading a legal team which claims to have saved the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) project from disaster. His team of up to 48 lawyers created structural and financial solutions over the summer that will allow Railtrack, a long-standing client, to acquire a stake in CTRL after it […]

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