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Coronavirus Portugal: Simplified lay-off

The simplified lay-off is an exceptional and temporary measure aimed at maintaining jobs in companies in a business crisis, which may choose between reducing normal working periods and/or suspending employment contracts.

Possibilities for a better London

This year the Silicon Valley comes to the UK (SVC2UK) Summit was held virtually and included a discussion on “London: a ‘Good Growth’ Recovery” between Natalie Campbell, the recently appointed CEO of Belu Water (the social enterprise company which fulfils the water requirements of the UK’s catering sector, giving most of its profits to WaterAid) and Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.

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Litigators have been waiting in the wings for a while for their boom time. The former Lord Chancellor Charlie Falconer appeared to have fired the starting gun for the upswing when he announced last September that the collapse of Lehman Brothers would trigger an explosion of mega-litigation. In hindsight Falconer’s crystal ball gazing now looks […]

Arsenal hires former MTV GC as first legal chief

Arsenal Football Club has appointed former MTV lawyer Svenja Geissmar as its first general counsel. Geissmar has spent the last three years working as a legal consultant, but prior to that worked at MTV European Networks (MTVEN) where she was promoted to general counsel in 1997. While head lawyer at MTVEN she had a place […]

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SRA names members of revamped board

The new members of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) board have been announced, two months after TheLawyer.com revealed that there was ill feeling between the SRA and the Law Society over the appointments process. Martin Coleman Thirteen members, including seven solicitors and six lay members, have won places effective as of January 2010. Two further […]

Litigation nation

Next month’s publication of The Lawyer UK 200 Annual Report is likely to make grim reading for most of the market’s transactional lawyers. Not so the litigators. As we reveal today in a sneak preview of the annual report, litigators have been waiting in the wings for a while for their time in the sun […]

Brittan’s got talent

Q: What have Kerry Katona and Bevan Brittan got in common? A: They both get their bills paid by Iceland. The South West firm suffered from post demerger stress disorder following its break up with Ashfords in 2004m. Back then net profit stood at £9.4m. The following years saw Bevan’s fortunes fall faster than a […]

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