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Coronavirus job retention scheme: pensions aspects

When considering how to use the coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS), employers may be wondering what this means for pension contributions and auto-enrolment obligations. This update considers some of the issues. How the CJRS works To access the CJRS an employer will need to designate affected employees as furloughed workers, notify the employees of this […]

Competition law – welcome guidance in a time of crisis

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published helpful guidance on how it will apply competition law in light of COVID-19. Meanwhile, the government has taken the unprecedented step of relaxing competition law in certain sectors. In the round, these developments offer welcome guidance and comfort – but they also serve as a timely reminder […]

Leading and adapting in challenging times: managing a newly remote team

The dynamics of a previously high performing team will shift in response to the recent working from home directive. As leaders we need to understand the factors that will impact even the most resilient and high performing colleagues. It’s likely that high-performing employees may experience varying levels of performance and engagement when they begin working […]

Cryptocurrencies: 2020 and beyond

As the global leader in alternative investment funds and one of the most innovative financial centres in the world, it is unsurprising that the Cayman Islands has quickly become a popular destination for cryptocurrency vehicles and initial coin offerings (ICOs).

UK Government to enhance FCA powers to facilitate LIBOR transition

The UK Government announced on 23 June 2020 that it intends to introduce new legislation to give the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) enhanced powers in circumstances where (i) LIBOR ceases to be representative of the market and (ii) its representativeness cannot and will not be restored. This is intended to solve the problem of “tough legacy” contracts by giving the FCA the power to protect consumers and market integrity in relation to those contracts (which the FCA envisage will be a “narrow band”).


The new gTLDs and the Trademark Clearinghouse: four tips for brand owners

The imminent launch of more than 1,400 new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) poses a major challenge to brand owners seeking to enforce and maintain control over the way their key trademarks appear in domain names. The domain ender ‘.com’ is the most widely used of the current gTLDs, but ‘.net’, ‘.org’ and ‘.edu’ gTLDs are […]

Allen & Overy’s Business and Human Rights Review — issue two

Allen & Overy’s Human Rights Working Group is pleased to publish the second issue of the Business and Human Rights Review, an interdisciplinary journal that brings together academia, businesses, NGOs and multilateral bodies to debate issues pertaining to the relationship between business and human rights. The second issue includes a foreword by Justice Richard Goldstone […]


European moves: 13 June 2013

All the latest partner hires and other appointments within Continental European firms and offices. Benelux Osborne Clarke (OC) has completed the launch of its Brussels office, hiring a two-partner team from former Belgian ally De Wolf & Partners (3 June 2013). De Wolf employment partner Thierry Viérin and commercial partner Stefan Deswert both become partners […]

Ashurst and the battle lines for low-cost law

Here’s a thought. Why should clients pay for firms to have fancy offices in expensive locations? Here’s a thought. Why should clients pay for firms to have fancy offices in expensive locations? This was one of the many questions posed by our readers this morning, all referring to Ashurst’s landmark decision to shift a big […]

Law rocks

Law Rocks 2013: The music, the bands and the buzz

Legal market battle of the bands Law Rocks rolled into town once again last night with a show that was almost stolen by first timers Michelmores. The Devon firm’s band The Disclaimers not only had fans who had travelled the furthest, it also put on one of the best shows of the night. The set […]

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