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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.

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Baker & McKenzie has confirmed that its current chairman Eduardo Leite is to have a two-year extension to his four-year term. Leite has been Bakers’ chair since 2010 (3 June 2010). The two-year extension will take effect at the end of the firm’s annual global partners’ meeting, which is taking place in London this week, […]

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