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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…



Osborne Clarke revenues rise to £112m, growth slows in the UK

Osborne Clarke has seen turnover increase by 14 per cent over the last financial year from £98m to £112m. The firm said growth was largely driven by expansion outside the UK by mergers with its former Spanish and Italian Alliance partners, Osborne Clarke Spain and SLA Studio Legale Associatos (29 March 2012). Growth overseas has […]

Facebook: the Harvard network

There are rules in this game of lawyering. To work at Burges Salmon, it seems, you have to be an ex-City lawyer who shunned the capital. To be a Linklaters banking partner you really should be an ex-Denton Wilde Sapte lawyer. And, it appears, to work at Facebook you have to be a Harvard graduate. […]

Asia lanterns

Asia Pacific 150: Who’s who in tomorrow’s world

Welcome to the Asian century, as The Lawyer provides an in-depth guide to this most exciting of legal scene Click here to access all the information your firm needs to develop in the region. Long gone are the days when an international firm could claim to have an Asia practice by simply planting a flag in […]

Government launches savings code of conduct for operational PPP/PFI contracts

As part of its Operational Savings programme, which has saved approximately £1.5bn in savings since its launch in 2011, the government has launched its new code of conduct on how public and private bodies will work together to make savings on operational public infrastructure projects. The voluntary code sets out a series of commitments from […]


Herbert Smith Freehills London tax litigator exits for Hogan Lovells

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) tax litigation partner Rupert Shiers has quit the firm to join Hogan Lovells as head of its direct tax disputes practice. Shiers had been a partner at HSF and legacy Herbert Smith since 2011, moving to the firm from Scottish firm McGrigors, where he was also a partner (21 March 2011). […]

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