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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…



Stephenson Harwood revenue inches up by 2 per cent to £112.3m

Stephenson Harwood has recorded a 2 per cent boost in turnover, from £110.2m in 2011/12 to £112.3m in 2012/13. The result marks the fourth year of consecutive growth for the firm, which has seen its revenue rise each year since 2008/09 when it remained relatively flat – dropping 0.2 per cent from £85.3m in 2007/08 […]

Internet service providers — beware blogs

In Payam Tamiz v Google Inc, a case that considered an internet service provider’s (ISP’s) liability for potentially defamatory comments posted on a blog, the Court of Appeal has delivered a judgment that gives rise to real concerns for blogging platform providers. The defendant, Google Inc (based in the US), operated a blogging platform. In […]

Marque of distinction

Professional services firms spend a considerable amount of time trying to differentiate themselves from each other but brand management in the legal market is still in its infancy. How do clients perceive law firm brands? The age of marketing Myth of the client calculated decision Minster, the ABS, and the mighty meerkat Sum total of […]


Legal Education Foundation announces “prosaic” first grants

The first round of grants dished out by a gound-breaking £200m fund aimed at studying the legal profession received a lukewarm welcome this week, with one critic describing the awards as “prosaic” and “cosmetic”. The Legal Education Foundation – which was born out of last year’s sale of the then College of Law (26 January […]

Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards: changing banking for good

In June 2012, as a result of the LIBOR scandal, the UK chancellor of the exchequer established the arliamentary Commission on Banking Standards (PCBS) in order to conduct an inquiry into the professional standards and culture within the UK banking sector and make recommendations for legislative and other actions. Over the course of 11 months, […]

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