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Capital Markets Update – May 2020

Pre-Emption Group statement On 1 April 2020 the Pre-Emption Group published a statement on its expectations for issuances during the Covid-19 pandemic. It recommends that investors, on a case-by-case basis, consider supporting issuances by companies of up to 20% of their issued share capital on a temporary basis, rather than the 5% for general corporate […]

Webinar: Public procurement guidance on managing Covid-19 in contracts – PPN 02/20

PPN 02/20 is addressed to public bodies which are required to comply with the Public Procurement regime. Despite the tenor of its language, the PPN is Guidance only but seeks to offer a consistent basis upon which relief and enhanced payment terms might be given to help all parts of the supply chain remain above water.

The impact of illegal drug activity in a build-to-rent community

When illegal drug activity in the private rented sector is discussed, we are automatically drawn to images of old terraced houses with lofts or basements converted into Cannabis farms or deprived areas with boarded up property. We do not usually picture new, clean, well presented apartments in high-end developments. A Build-to-Rent apartment complex with an […]

Video: What should we learn from the homeworking experiment?

There’s lots of talk at the moment about the potential return to the office, what that will look like and how it will be implemented. But businesses should also consider what they’ve learned from this huge homeworking experiment. Charlotte Smith offers three key considerations in a bite-sized video.

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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…



Al Tamimi hires Yas Marina GC for sports team kick-off

Middle East firm Al Tamimi & Company is launching a dedicated sports practice with the hire of the general counsel of Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit. Steve Bainbridge, a former Al Tamimi associate, has rejoined the firm after three years at the motor racing circuit to head up the new venture.  The sports law practice […]

New rules for concession contracts

Public procurement is the purchase of goods, works and services by public bodies. Because public bodies spend a significant proportion of a country’s gross domestic product, the EU has issued a set of rules (or directives) to make sure that the way they buy does not distort competition nor affect trade between member states. The directives […]

NQ salary busters

RPC has broken ranks with the rest of the City and has ditched a fixed salary to newly-qualified lawyers. Instead. NQs will be assessed on performance and will be remunerated within a broad pay band. Will other firms follow suit? RPC to scrap NQ flat rate salary for performance-based pay Remuneration deliberations Davis Polk joins […]

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Phoenix Palace

Because I have a prolapsed disc in my neck – I blame years of sitting in front of a PC – I find that I cannot use my right arm effectively. I certainly couldn’t cut up a steak. The horror. So to avoid having to eat like an infant, ie. having my food cut up […]

Andy Ellis

Dechert’s fee dispute – a sign of things to come?

For a while now legal business soothsayers have been forecasting an increase in fee disputes between solicitor and client. The news that ENRC is contesting an extremely high proportion (almost 70 per cent, or £11m) of Dechert’s £16m legal bill might be the result of a freak storm, but equally it could portend a deeper […]

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