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Effects of COVID-19 to Contracts – is it Enough to Call it Force Majeure?

The current COVID-19 outbreak and severe and numerous preventive and restrictive measures governments are continually introducing are first and foremost a global health concern. However, this situation has already caused significant distortions to businesses and their ability to perform their contractual obligations. The question of all questions seems to be if COVID-19 pandemic is a force majeure or not. […]

Employment situation in North Macedonia during the Covid-19 outbreak

On 18 March 2020, the President of the Republic of North Macedonia declared a state of emergency due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the entire territory of the country for 30 days, with the possibility of extension. During the past week, the Government of North Macedonia adopted several measures listed below that affect the employment […]

Effects of Covid-19 to contracts – is it enough to call it force majeure?

The current COVID-19 outbreak and severe and numerous preventive and restrictive measures governments are continually introducing are first and foremost a global health concern. However, this situation has already caused significant distortions to businesses and their ability to perform their contractual obligations. The question of all questions seems to be if COVID-19 pandemic is a […]

Moratorium on loans and leasing due to COVID-19 – Serbia

Due to the developments regarding the outbreak of COVID-19 and the declaration of a state of emergency in Serbia, the National Bank of Serbia undertook emergency measures to facilitate the position of citizens and businesses in servicing debts. The two decisions on temporary measures were adopted on 17 March 2020 for the protection of debtors […]

North Macedonia introduces measures to combat COVID-19 outbreak

The President of the Republic of North Macedonia declared a state of emergency to combat the outbreak of COVID-19. The measure will initially be in place for 30 days. The Government of the Republic of North Macedonia (“Government“) also announced an initial set of economic measures for mitigating the consequences suffered by the businesses and […]

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EU Regulator Warning on Post-Brexit Financial Services EU Access Exemptions

The European Securities and Markets Association (“ESMA”) has published a statement on reverse solicitation of clients by third country firms following Brexit and the end of the UK transition period on 31 December 2020. It has identified what it calls “questionable practices” by firms in this regard, for example, using general clauses or online pop-up “I agree” […]

Dealing with Requests for Flexible Working under Jersey and Guernsey Law

There is no doubt that enforced working from home (‘WFH’) during the early stages of the pandemic has accelerated changes in the way we work. Partly motivated by the initial response to lockdown measures, partly by a need to accommodate individual circumstances, employers and employees have had to adapt to changes in where, how and […]

UK Government Announces Changes to DAC6 Post-Brexit – Impact For Ireland

EU DAC6 – Mandatory Disclosure of Reportable Cross-Border Arrangements Directive 2018/822 (DAC6) is an EU Directive requiring EU intermediaries or taxpayers to report information on certain cross-border arrangements to their local tax authorities.  Our previous client updates in relation to DAC6 can be found on our website here1 and here2. In an unexpected move on 31 December 2020, […]

Big Tech worldwide regulation: not if, but how

We appear to have reached a global consensus that it is no longer a question of if we should regulate Big Tech but how we regulate, with a flurry of legislative proposals in Europe and legal actions in the US jostling for attention in the final weeks of 2020.

Firms told to look out for domestic abuse signs

The pandemic is making employers and employees re-assess the value of the workplace. One factor, as Business Minister Paul Scully MP has pointed out, is rarely considered: are employees being subjected to domestic abuse?

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