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How UK employers can deal with special circumstances of Covid-19

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). As the virus continues to spread extensively, it poses significant challenge to businesses and raises various points of employment law for employers.

COVID-19 and investment protection

As the world grapples with COVID-19, we are seeing some of the most unprecedented State measures of our time. Measures causing severe financial damage to many businesses and industries. Where does that leave foreign investors? Will they be able to claim compensation?

Cayman Islands Employment Update

The first ever electronic meeting of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly on 23 April 2020 considered a number of pieces of legislation, largely in response to the COVID-19 emergency, that are likely to be of interest to local employers and employees. This note is intended to provide a brief overview of the key changes: some […]

Corona Crisis: Amendment of the obligation to file for insolvency in CEE

With the fourth law on COVID-19, the Austrian legislator has suspended the obligation of an overindebted debtor to file for insolvency until 30 June 2020, irrespective of the cause of the over-indebtedness. Some other countries in the CEE region have also adopted measures to combat the consequences of COVID-19 as detailed in the following overview…



BDO appointed as Halliwells liquidators

BDO has been appointed as official liquidators of Halliwells, a precursor to dealing with outstanding creditors’ claims against the failed firm. Dermot Power, a partner at BDO, and Shay Bannon, the accountancy firm’s head of business restructuring, were appointed as Halliwells’ administrators in the wake of its demise in June 2010 (26 July 2010). The pair […]


Not many lawyers can claim to have taken on movie mogul George Lucas and won, but that is exactly what SC Andrew name partner Seamus Andrew did in 2011. Seamus Andrew, SC Andrew Representing British engineer Andrew Ainsworth in a dispute over Star Wars stormtrooper helmets has been Andrew’s focus since 2004. The fact that […]

Moroccan roll

The arrival of international players into Casablanca has made a confident Moroccan legal community sit up and take note Morocco has long been the most ­developed legal market in North Africa, and last year saw a significant amount of growth when it comes to the presence of international firms in the country. In October 2011 […]

Herbert Smith bulks up in Belfast with addition of 18 fee-earners

Herbert Smith has hired 18 fee-earners for its litigation due diligence-focused Belfast office. According to the firm the expansion was driven by high client demand and brings the total number of employees at the office to 56. The firm opened its Belfast office, which was designed to take some of the burden of reviewing and […]

Nicky Richmond

Be reasonable?

You know that sinking feeling you get, when you pick up the phone to introduce yourself to your opposite number on a new transaction?  The Big Law Senior Equity You phone up and introduce yourself and they may deign speak to you. They don’t really like dealing with smaller firms because it happens so rarely […]

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