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Coronavirus Portugal: Simplified lay-off

The simplified lay-off is an exceptional and temporary measure aimed at maintaining jobs in companies in a business crisis, which may choose between reducing normal working periods and/or suspending employment contracts.

Possibilities for a better London

This year the Silicon Valley comes to the UK (SVC2UK) Summit was held virtually and included a discussion on “London: a ‘Good Growth’ Recovery” between Natalie Campbell, the recently appointed CEO of Belu Water (the social enterprise company which fulfils the water requirements of the UK’s catering sector, giving most of its profits to WaterAid) and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.

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Allen & Overy warn of scam using the firm’s name operating in European countries

 Allen & Overy has warned that a scam using the firm’s name is currently operating in a number of countries, including Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg. The fraud has consisted of an email which comes from a ‘Dr Jur Thomas Boss’, in the examples seen to date, and originates from a Gmail account incorporating the words ‘allenovery’, […]

Look out – the accountants are coming

Just when you thought you’d caught up with all the changes afoot in the legal sector, the Big Four accountants go and chuck a curveball. The re-emergence of Ernst & Young, KPMG and PwC as players in UK legal services may not be a huge surprise in this ABS-obsessed world. But that they’re going at […]

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Browne Jacobson elbows Addleshaws aside as IPSA sole legal provider

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), the body which oversees MPs’ salaries and expenses, has appointed Browne Jacobson as its sole legal provider in the place of Addleshaw Goddard. Browne Jacobson picked up the mandate following a competitive tender for the three-year appointment, which will see the firm advise Ipsa on issues including public law, […]

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China Life to buy Clifford Chance HQ for £780m

China’s biggest life insurer China Life is set to buy Clifford Chance’s Canary Wharf headquarters in a £780m deal, according to media reports. The state-owned Chinese investor is said to be in high-level talks with property owner Canary Wharf Group (CWG) to buy the 32-floor 10 Upper Bank Street property. There are currently 16 vacant […]

Eversheds joins forces with Knight Turner and announces new office in Durban, South Africa

Eversheds continues to expand its operations in Africa by joining forces with leading Durban-based law firm Knight Turner. The affiliation will see the independent Durban firm re-brand as Eversheds KZN with a dramatically expanded scope and reach of its product offering, while retaining its reputation for personalised service. The move follows the formation of Eversheds’ Pan-African strategy, […]

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