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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.


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Weightmans paves way to business services partners as firm gains ABS approval

Weightmans has become the latest top 50 firm to obtain an alternative business structure (ABS) licence from the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The firm applied for the licence in May (29 April 2013). It was authorised to begin operating under the new structure on Friday (20 December). The licence will enable Weightmans to take on external investment […]

When is a warranty more than a warranty?

Any contractor or professional consultant who has provided a collateral warranty on a construction project, or indeed any real-estate owner who has the benefit of a collateral warranty, will be interested to learn of the recent case of Parkwood Leisure Ltd v Laing O’Rourke Wales and West Ltd (2013 EWHC 2665 (TCC)). In this case, […]

Acquisition finance — trends in 2013 and a look at the year ahead

By Rebecca Mauleverer and Anna Voss The last few years in the mid-market acquisition finance market have been tough for all parties. Opportunities have been fewer and the market has been more cautious and therefore slower to move when they do arise. While the market is unlikely to (and arguably should avoid) returning to the pre-‘credit […]

David Sherborne

5RB David Sherborne secures Harry Styles paparazzi injunction

One Direction star Harry Styles turned to 5RB media barrister David Sherborne to secure an injunction preventing the paparazzi from pursuing him. The 19-year-old boy band star was granted a court order by Mrs Justice Nicola Davies and is aimed at preventing alleged harassment by photographers. He turned to long-time adviser Lee & Thompson to […]

Jane Keir

Flexible working: The Loyalty Card

Men should take up their new rights so that flexible working becomes the accepted norm for both sexes I was recently a panellist at tThe Whitehall Industry Group (WIG) conference on ‘Accelerating gender diversity all the way up to the boardroom’.  My session focused on progress since the Davies Report and what needs to be […]

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