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Taking time off to look after dependants

Understanding what employees’ rights are and how this should be handled by employers has never been more important as we reach the peak of the pandemic.

Material adverse change clauses – draft carefully

The unprecedented situation that the coronavirus pandemic has delivered to global commerce has impacted on a variety of contractual issues related to non-contentious day-to-day transactions.

An employment guide to lockdown 3.0

With COVID-19 taking hold once more, the government has put the UK under a third lockdown, forcing all non-essential shops to close once again.

BVI update: “Black Swan” legislation passed

On 31 December 2020, the BVI House of Assembly passed the so-called “Black Swan” Bill amending section 24 of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Virgin Islands) Act (Cap. 80) so as to confer jurisdiction on the BVI Court to grant interim relief in support of foreign proceedings.


Matt Byrne

Cash calls loom with HMRC NIC changes

The spectre of lengthy lines of salaried partners going cap in hand to the banks early next year was raised last week by changes to the partnership tax regime. The changes are aimed at dealing with the so-called ‘disguised salary’ of LLP members. The background to this lies in one of the incidental benefits of […]

Privacy top 10: things you think you know about privacy — but don’t

By Alec Christie Whether a start-up or a listed ASX company, your business opportunities are increasingly online and/or overseas. At last count, more than 80 countries have adopted data privacy laws and Australia’s new Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) come into effect from 12 March 2014. The new APPs, overseas laws and attitudes toward data privacy […]

New Public Procurement Thresholds for 1 January 2014 published

The European Commission has published the revised euro thresholds for the application of the procedures for the award of contracts under the EU public procurement directives (Directive 2004/17 [utilities], Directive 2004/18 [public sector contracts] and Directive 2009/81 [defence and security contracts]), which are to apply from 1 January 2014. We note that although EU thresholds have […]

Employment law 2013 review: age discrimination

This year the Court of Appeal confirmed in Lockwood v Department for Work & Pensions that differences in severance payments on voluntary redundancy between older and younger workers could be objectively justified and was not unlawful age discrimination. The enhanced payment to older workers was found to be a legitimate way of providing a financial […]

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