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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…


Health and safety: how safe is your coffee machine?

In January 2014, a Shoosmiths client was served with a health and safety improvement notice after failing to provide its local council with a written scheme of examination and examination reports concerning a coffee machine. This was held to be a breach of the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000, the main regulations governing the duties […]

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Another brick in the (Stone)wall

Is the profession doing enough to encourage true diversity, asks Pinsent Masons partner David Isaac The results of Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index this year make interesting reading for the profession. With law firms making up 10 per cent of the organisations in this year’s index – a greater proportion than ever – it is clear […]

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Moves: 20 January 2014

Move of the week Maitland Chambers’ silk Tom Leech QC has quit the bar to join Herbert Smith Freehills’ advocacy unit. He joins as the fourth partner in the department. Leech specialises in professional negligence and commercial, company and property litigation. Leech was called to the bar in 1988 and took silk in 2010.   […]

Woolworths Case — appeal set for January 2014

The landmark decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in the Woolworths case is due to be heard by the Court of Appeal at the end of January. Many employers will await the outcome of this appeal with keen interest given the massive implications of the EAT’s decision on the logistics and costs of collective redundancy exercises… […]

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Truth behind good retention rates

Great news for junior lawyers: trainee retention rates are on the up. Over the past month many firms have issued upbeat bulletins on their spring qualifiers and the trend is uniformly good. Top of the pile are Nabarro, Olswang and Osborne Clarke, which all scored 100 per cent, but the following firms have also released strong figures: Ashurst (96 […]

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