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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…


Chris Randall

Mayo Wynne Baxter bulks up with Allen Ticehurst deal

Sussex firm Mayo Wynne Baxter has merged with East Grinstead’s Allen Ticehurst Solicitors. The merger takes effect today (3 January) with the combined entity trading under the name Mayo Wynne Baxter. Allen Ticehurst is an eight-lawyer firm dealing with family, conveyancing, employment, wills and personal injury law, as well as business law and dispute resolution. […]

Reed Smith makes up four City partners in 22-strong round

Reed Smith has made up two energy partners and two shipping partners in London as part of a 22-strong global round of promotions. The total number internationally is slightly down on last year’s 25 promotions, with the London tally static at four. Energy and natural resources lawyers Vassia Payiataki and Paul Skeet and shipping lawyers […]

Tom Reid

Revealed: Davis Polk snares Freshfields partner for English law launch

Davis Polk & Wardwell is launching an English law capability in London with the hire of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer heavy hitter Simon Witty. Witty has been a partner in Freshfields’ London corporate department for the past 15 years. He specialises in public and private securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions. “We’ve seen Simon’s work first-hand […]

Benelux firm Loyens & Loeff to open in Hong Kong

Loyens & Loeff has become the first major Benelux firm to open a Hong Kong office, building on its existing presence in Singapore and Tokyo. The firm is relocating two partners to Hong Kong to staff the new venture. Tax specialist Carola van den Bruinhorst will lead the office, supported by Luxembourger Thierry Lohest. A […]


Baker & McKenzie bolsters Tokyo with five Linklaters lawyers

Baker & McKenzie has hired a team of five lawyers, including two partners, from Linklaters’ Tokyo office in a bid to expand its Japan corporate and M&A practice. The team consists of partners Hideo Norikoshi and Jiro Toyokawa and associates Kiyoshi Endo, Seiji Tomimoto and Daisuke Wakamatsu. Partner Norikoshi is qualified as a solicitor in […]

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