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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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Male-dominated lateral market hits gender diversity at US firms

Women made up just 16 per cent of partners across the top 30 international firms in London last year, with sources pointing to a male-dominated lateral hiring market as one of the areas blocking gender diversity. The UK offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Edwards Wildman Palmer and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher recorded the […]

International patent filing systems — PCT and GCC patents

Globalisation is no longer the exclusive province of multi-national companies. Companies large or small or anyone with a commercially attractive product should consider international markets and, in doing so, seek patent protection in multiple countries. The World Intellectual Property Organization’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) provides the means to facilitate the filing and protection of patents […]

New York

Quinn Emanuel boosts products liability group with Skadden hires

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has hired one of the best-known products liability lawyers in the US, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s mass torts and insurance group co-head Sheila Birnbaum, as a partner in its New York office. Birnbaum, who will be global co-head of Quinn Emanuel’s products liability and mass torts practice, is […]


Copyright body Fact to reveal first GC after Wiggin secondment

The Federation Against Copyright Theft (Fact) is gearing up to unveil its first-ever general counsel, whose appointment is expected to be announced in the coming week. The trade organisation, established in 1983 to protects members’ IP rights, is understood to have recruited from another in-house position to fill the new role. His appointment from 1 […]

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance appoints 20 to partnership in reduced promos round

Clifford Chance has promoted 20 lawyers to partners across its global network, seven fewer than last year. The magic circle’s City office has gained five new partners, one more than last year. Meanwhile a further 10 promotions are in continental Europe. The Paris office promoted three lawyers, Madrid and Frankfurt each promoted two, while Amsterdam, […]

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