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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.


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Baker & McKenzie unveils new management but chair Leite stays to 2016

Baker & McKenzie has confirmed that its current chairman Eduardo Leite is to have a two-year extension to his four-year term. Leite has been Bakers’ chair since 2010 (3 June 2010). The two-year extension will take effect at the end of the firm’s annual global partners’ meeting, which is taking place in London this week, […]


Allen & Overy targets Belfast expansion with 100 new roles over five years

Allen & Overy (A&O) has unveiled plans to recruit up to 100 new roles for its Belfast office over the next five years, a projection that underlines the role the office is likely to play in facilitating the firm’s future growth and which should see it become its second-largest office worldwide. Around 70 of the […]

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The US firms right at home in the City

Our revelation last week that Gibson Dunn had landed former Ashurst senior partner Charlie Geffen is one of the biggest corporate stories of the season. In many ways, it’s more impressive than the firm landing former Lord Chancellor Charlie Falconer QC in 2008, dismissed by the wider market as a vanity hire by a US […]

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