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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.


BLP becomes second firm to boost Berlin real estate this year

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has strengthened its Berlin real estate team with the hire of six lawyers from Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. The move follows Orrick’s decision to shut down in both Berlin and Frankfurt earlier this year. BLP is the second firm this year to benefit from a rival outfit closing down in Berlin. […]

Lincoln's Inn

Exclusive: Commercial set 11 Stone Buildings votes to dissolve

London commercial and chancery chambers 11 Stone Buildings (11SB) will dissolve as of 30 October 2015, The Lawyer can reveal. The set has 40 members, including four QCs and three associated members, plus two pupils. It is not yet known where members will resurface. Its high-profile members include commercial silks Alan Gourgey QC and Jeremy Cousins QC, […]

Walder Wyss helps with acquisition of assets in $23bn transaction

Walder Wyss is assisting Simpson Thacher and Blackstone Group LP with respect to the Swiss part of the announced acquisition of assets of GE Capital Real Estate in a transaction valued at approximately $23bn globally. Blackstone is a global leader in real estate investing. Blackstone’s real estate business was founded in 1991 and has approximately […]

Richard Masters

Pinsents Masons’ Richard Masters: Our tech product Cerico is taking on the world

Pinsent Masons’ tech acquisition Cerico is about to double in size and is innovating how law firms ensure compliance, says chairman Richard Masters. In 2013 Pinsent Masons teamed up with Glasgow tech company Campbell Nash to launch a product that checks client’s suppliers are legally compliant. Two years on, Pinsents has acquired the majority stake in […]


Prudential Financial appoints US legal head Harris to global GC role

Life insurance giant Prudential Financial has promoted US general counsel Timothy Harris to the global top job following the retirement of general counsel Susan Blount. Blount announced her retirement last week, after 10 years in the role and 30 years at Prudential Financial. She will be replaced on 1 October by deputy general counsel and US […]

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