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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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Data dive: Blackstone’s historic record at the Supreme Court

Regardless of this morning’s outcome, it was Blackstone Chambers that was the real winner in this curious case of Parliament prorogation, with a huge cast of barristers instructed on both sides of the table. Two years on from their initial Brexit battle, Blackstone’s Lord Pannick QC and James Eadie QC were facing off once again, […]

Pannick and Mishcon land historic win in Supreme Court Brexit ruling

Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament for five weeks has been ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court, with Mishcon de Reya and Blackstone Chambers completing a dramatic comeback of epic political proportions. Acting for legal campaigner Gina Miller against the Prime Minister, Mishcon’s judicial review application was initially rejected in the High Court, although this decision […]

Lord Sumption

“The government has behaved disgracefully,” claims former Supreme Court judge

Former Supreme Court judge Lord Sumption has claimed that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has taken a “hammer and sickle” to the UK’s political culture and that the UK Government has acted “disgracefully.” Speaking to Newsnight yesterday (September 16) on the legality of leaving the European Union without a deal, Sumption said he could not see how […]

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Black History Month: Diversity should be enriching – so why is the legal profession still walking on eggshells?

Diversity in all contexts should be enriching. So why does the legal profession appear to still walk on eggshells? Mindsets range from those who feel diversity has been adequately addressed, to those who believe it remains an untapped opportunity. I appreciate that diversity is a layered term that means different things to different people. For […]

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