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Taking time off to look after dependants

Understanding what employees’ rights are and how this should be handled by employers has never been more important as we reach the peak of the pandemic.

Material adverse change clauses – draft carefully

The unprecedented situation that the coronavirus pandemic has delivered to global commerce has impacted on a variety of contractual issues related to non-contentious day-to-day transactions.

An employment guide to lockdown 3.0

With COVID-19 taking hold once more, the government has put the UK under a third lockdown, forcing all non-essential shops to close once again.

BVI update: “Black Swan” legislation passed

On 31 December 2020, the BVI House of Assembly passed the so-called “Black Swan” Bill amending section 24 of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Virgin Islands) Act (Cap. 80) so as to confer jurisdiction on the BVI Court to grant interim relief in support of foreign proceedings.


Hong Kong

Hill Dickinson hires from Clydes and Kennedys to bolster Asia base

Hill Dickinson has bolstered its Asia office network with the hire of two shipping partners, taking one from Clyde & Co in Singapore and another from Kennedys in Hong Kong.  Former Clydes partner Chris Edwards will join the firm in Singapore on 2 June, while Kennedys partner Anthony Woo is to join the Hong Kong. […]

City AM reports on Collyer Bristow’s hire of Christopher Rennie-Smith

City AM has reported on Christopher Rennie-Smith’s move to Collyer Bristow’s intellectual property (IP) team. Rennie-Smith has spent the last 15 years working as a senior judge of the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich, and will be joining the firm as a consultant in June. Along with a wealth of IP experience, he brings […]

Focusing on Europe’s special situations

Every week in The Lawyer we focus our attention on a different jurisdiction – often European – in our regular special reports. Very often the timing of these coincides with a major political or economic event within the country under focus, or with moves within the legal market. That was precisely the case with this […]

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PLMJ turns to Garrigues for Porto tax hire

Portuguese firm PLMJ has picked up tax partner Miguel C. Reis from the Porto office of Iberian giant Garrigues. Reis joined Garrigues in 2006 and specialises in all areas of tax. He becomes the fourth partner in PLMJ’s tax team, led by João Magalhães Ramalho. Porto is one of three Portuguese offices for PLMJ, alongside […]

Construction dispute costs show importance of effective dispute management, says Eversheds

Eversheds construction expert Michael Conroy Harris has commented on news that dispute costs in the construction industry have risen, saying that it is important to deal ‘effectively and innovatively’ with disputes. Conroy Harris noted that Eversheds’ recent report, Companies in Conflict: How commercial disputes are won, showed a general upward trend in major business disputes […]

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