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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.


DLA Piper hosts inaugural Real Estate Summit in Italy

The inaugural Real Estate Summit, hosted by DLA Piper in collaboration with with BNP Paribas Real Estate, CBRE, Cushman & Wakefield, Redilco GVA, Jones Lang LaSalle and the Urban Land Institute, was held in Milan on 22 October 2014. The event organised by DLA Piper — titled ‘Quo Vadis Italia?’ — saw more than 300 […]

Travers gets call on London Mining’s Ebola-related administration

Aim-listed company London Mining has become the latest casualty to be struck down by Ebola, as it calls in administrator PwC to wind up its operations. The disease, which has been ravaging West Africa, was clearly the tipping-point for the mining giant, which has also been struggling to overcome crippling debt, collapsing iron ore prices, […]


Orrick and Withers lose at High Court as Excalibur funders forced to pay £23m costs

The explosive $1.6bn oil row between Excalibur Ventures and Texas and Gulf Keystone took a new turn yesterday (23 October) when the High Court ruled the third-party funders backing the case were liable for indemnity costs. A raft of nine funding bodies who put up money for the failed claim brought by Clifford Chance client […]


In-house interview: Nottinghamshire County Council legal head Jayne Francis-Ward

Nottinghamshire CC law boss Jayne Francis-Ward’s unusual approach to external advice has seen her set up an arrangement involving 78 councils and six law firms. That’s what you call relationship management Nottinghamshire County Council’s head lawyer Jayne Francis-Ward thinks panel is a “dirty word” and says she “can’t see the benefit” of fixed fees. Francis-Ward […]

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