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Are you ready for the immigration shake-up?

With COVID-19 continuing to dominate the headlines, it is perhaps easy to forget that the UK’s Brexit transition period is due to end on 31 December 2020. This will bring about the biggest change to UK immigration laws in recent memory and will have a direct impact on how employers recruit overseas staff. EU Settlement […]

Client Advisory: US Government Ramps Up Actions to Combat Forced Labor

The US executive and legislative branches are ratcheting up pressure on companies to address forced labor in their supply chains. The US Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) has in recent months announced a series of Withhold Release Orders (WROs) and a Finding following investigations into forced labor. Additionally, the US […]

The Cayman Islands administrative fines regime & investment funds

CIMA now has the ability to issue administrative fines for breaches committed by entities or individuals of prescribed provisions of laws, regulations and rules regulated by CIMA. On 26 June 2020, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority’s (“CIMA”) powers to impose administrative fines were extended by the enactment of the Monetary Authority (Administrative Fines) (Amendment) Regulations, […]

How to Apply for a Judicial Review and how to Appeal a Decision

A Judicial Review is the vehicle by which the decisions of public authorities of all descriptions (including the government) can be challenged to establish their legality and whether the principles of public law have been complied with. The current on-going crisis that has arisen due to the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a raft of […]



Freshfields’ Akhtar named Mena head a year after defecting from A&O

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed Pervez Akhtar as regional managing partner for the Middle East and North Africa (Mena), less than a year after hiring him from Allen & Overy (A&O). Akhtar, who joined Freshfields in December (17 December 2010), will also continue to hold the position of corporate head for the region. He replaces […]

Brick Court win spells no compensation for Northern Rock shareholders

Mayer Brown and Brick Court Chambers have won a victory that supports the Government’s actions over the collapse of Northern Rock in 2008. A three-strong panel of the tax and chancery Upper Tribunal has decided that Northern Rock’s independent valuer had been correct to assign no value to the stricken bank’s shares. The decision meant […]

Alex Dell

DLA Piper beefs up City finance team with Deutsche hire

DLA Piper has bolstered its London finance group with a hire from Deutsche Bank. Mark McGiddy joins as a partner in DLA Piper’s London finance and projects group today and will sit in the structured finance team under the leadership of Alex Dell. McGiddy joins from Deutsche Bank, where he was a director in the […]


SNR Denton adds restructuring partner from Dickie Dees

SNR Denton has hired a restructuring partner from Dickinson Dees as the firm continues to scour the market for senior lawyers. Will Gunston, who was a partner in Dickinson Dees’ Newcastle office and headed the firm’s bank and creditor-led restructuring practice, will join SNR Denton in London. Gunston specialises in corporate and debt restructurings, and […]

Philip Henson

Cameras in court – Open Justice or “LEX” Factor?

No sooner had the detritus of the riots been swept from our chartered streets than the media whipped itself into veritable frenzy about the quantity of custodial sentences handed down to offenders[1].  Philip Henson is head of employment law at Bargate Murray Then along came a rather teasing announcement from the Lord Chancellor and Secretary […]

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