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Beyond level 0 for Scotland hospitality businesses

Hospitality businesses react to First Minister’s announcement confirming 9 August 2021 end of “most” restrictions – is it a step back to life and a reality beyond Covid?

Asia Pacific impact lawyers online gathering

Moderated by the newly elected chair of esela APAC Impact Lawyers, Steven Moe of Parry Field Lawyers, this event considers the question “What does it mean to be an Impact Lawyer in Asia Pacific?”

The impact of COVID-19 on Cayman Islands restructurings

The long-term global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be far-reaching. It has already led to a significant drop in economic activity across the world, with certain industries, such as aviation, retail, hospitality and tourism, being particularly affected.

Cayman update: separate liquidation committees for segregated portfolios of SPCs

On 19 April 2021, Chief Justice Smellie QC held in In the Matter of Premier Assurance Group SPC Ltd. (in Official Liquidation) that the court has the power under Order 9, rule 1(1) of the Companies Winding Up Rules, 2018 to order the establishment of separate liquidation committees in respect of a segregated portfolio company (SPC) and each of its segregated portfolios.

Update to Listing Rules on The International Stock Exchange

The International Stock Exchange has announced a number of improvements to its Listing Rules and Fees that have just taken effect, designed to bring the exchange into alignment with international practice, add further flexibility to its offering, and to streamline processes from a client perspective.



The BNP barrister

What a complex world we live in. How should employers – and those in a similar position – balance freedom of political beliefs with respect for equality and diversity? Would a commercial entity’s reputation be damaged if it didn’t take action against an individual associated with it whose views are potentially divisive for clients and […]


Hogan-Lovells conflicts prompt pre-merger split in Berlin

The bulk of Hogan & Hartson’s Berlin office has shunned the firm’s imminent merger with Lovells because of potential conflicts, spinning out to create a new firm instead. This is despite the fact that the merged firm will face a potential conflict over Hogan’s relationship with numerous Rupert Murdoch-owned businesses and Lovells’ commitment to trophy […]

Michael Cogher

West London boroughs moot combined legal department

The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea are looking into combining their legal functions. The local authorities, which already share the same legal head in a bid to save costs, are looking at closer cooperation in areas including litigation and employment. Assistant director for legal and democratic ­services at […]

2Birds votes to give CEO and chair another term at helm

Bird & Bird has re-elected its longstanding chief executive office David Kerr and chairman Michael Frie for additional three-year terms. Kerr (pictured) has headed Bird & Bird for 14 years, during which time the firm has grown dramatically both in the UK and internationally. The firm said in a statement that the reappointment of Frie […]

Charles Plant

SRA chair draws the poison from City’s wounds at Lawyer conference

The City has given a ­tentative thumbs-up to ’transformational’ proposals outlined by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) last week. “But it can be a double-edged sword – it’s nice to have an opportunity for ­consultation, but there’s been so many over the past few years. It’s nice to have your voice heard, but it can […]

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