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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.


Anne Pritam

Quotas won’t fool voters

’Golden skirt’ board quotas are not a panacea for business gender inequalities So, David Cameron spends a few days in Stockholm and the next thing we know he is telling us the concept of a quota for women on boards is “very interesting”. Was this just Cameron being polite in a country where ­quotas have […]


Master of the Rolls slams Irwin Mitchell’s ‘out of kilter’ costs

Irwin Mitchell has been forced to defend its pricing policy after the Master of the Rolls Lord Neuberger highlighted a case in which it charged six times the amount paid out to its client. Ruling in favour of the firm in the widely anticipated costs case, Simcoe v Jacuzzi UK Group (16 February 2012), the […]

Field Fisher hires Wedlake Bell corporate chief

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has hired Wedlake Bell corporate partner and practice head Tim Bird. Bird had been a partner at the West End firm since 2007, when he joined from Dechert (30 April 2007). He was previously in-house in Deutsche Bank’s stockbroking team and joined FFW at the end of last week. Wedlake Bell […]

Hugh Maule

Lawrence Graham eyes international expansion with Singapore tie-up

Lawrence Graham (LG) is set to launch an office in Singapore after forging an alliance with a local firm. LG is still waiting to receive local licenses, but will tie up with PK Wong & Associates, a full service corporate and commercial firm focusing on M&A, dispute resolution and restructuring. LG’s former senior partner Penny […]


Lost in translation

Court interpreters row raises spectre of miscarriages of justice When the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced on 30 January that it was launching a new interpreter service for courts in England and Wales it probably did not anticipate the backlash that would follow. Around 60 per cent of the 2,300 interpreters from the National Register […]

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