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Safe travels: can Bermuda’s testing approach offer lessons?

The aviation industry has been one of the worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. If airlines and associated businesses are to survive, it is essential that people start flying again. How to do that safely without promoting the spread of the virus is the sixty-four billion dollar question.

Provisional liquidators, the automatic stay, and the Hong Kong Court

By Ben Hobden and Norman Hau This article considers the approach taken by the Cayman Court when faced with an application by a company to appoint ‘soft touch’ provisional liquidators and obtain the benefit of the statutory moratorium when proceedings are extant in another jurisdiction, and a recent decision of the Hong Kong Court providing […]

BVI passes legislation codifying the “Black Swan” jurisdiction

On 7 January 2021, the BVI enacted an important amendment to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Virgin Islands) Act which provides that the BVI court now has jurisdiction to grant free-standing interim relief in aid of existing or anticipated foreign proceedings.

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Five myths about marriage and divorce

January typically sees a spike in divorce enquiries for many solicitors – and 2021 is expected to be no different, with the additional stresses and strains COVID-19 has placed on couples and families.

Shall we be exclusive?

The government is currently seeking views on a very specific proposal to ban the use of exclusivity clauses in contracts where the workers’ guaranteed weekly income is less than the Lower Earnings Limit, currently £120 per week.

Redundancies during COVID-19: Coronavirus job retention scheme extension provides some relief

In comparison to the US, there is a stricter redundancy process in the UK. For UK businesses faced with the prospect of making 20 or more staff redundant, there is an obligation to undertake a collective consultation process, which should consider ways to avoid or reduce the number of employees to be made redundant and mitigate the consequences of the redundancies.

The implications of Maughan: the Chief Coroner’s Law Sheet #6

The new Chief Coroner, HHJ Teague QC, has just published his first legal guidance in the form of “Law Sheet 6” addressing the impact of the case of R (on the application of Maughan) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire [2020] UKSC 46 on coronial practice.


High Court rules former Halliwells partners not liable for overpaid drawings

The High Court has ruled that nine former Halliwells partners cannot be pursued by the firm’s liquidators for overpaid drawings and overpaid tax. In a test case brought by Steven Fennell against Halliwells LLP, Judge Hodge QC ruled that the terms of the retirement deed signed by the partners in March 2010 were clear and […]


Simmons expands into Luxembourg with five-partner office

Simmons & Simmons has announced plans to launch a five-partner office in Luxembourg to capitalise on the jurisdiction’s funds industry. The office will be led by partner Stéphane Ober, who joins from his own firm Ober & Partners. He is bringing with him fellow partner Pierre-Régis Dukmedjian. The duo will be joined by Arendt & Medernach […]

Employers cannot turn a blind eye to workers’ mental health, says Eversheds

Audrey Williams, head of discrimination law at Eversheds, has commented on the findings of research carried out by Bupa that reveal mental-health prejudice in UK organisations. She said: ‘As the Bupa survey shows, there is a very real reticence on the part of employees and managers themselves to discuss mental-health issues. Indeed, managers may have […]

UK public sector workers face changes to redundancy payments, says Eversheds

The UK Treasury has published further details of its proposed legislation aimed at enabling certain public bodies to recover redundancy and other exit payments from highly paid employees who return to work in the same part of the public sector within a short period of leaving. On this, Shirley Wright, employment law partner at Eversheds, […]

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