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Safe travels: can Bermuda’s testing approach offer lessons?

The aviation industry has been one of the worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. If airlines and associated businesses are to survive, it is essential that people start flying again. How to do that safely without promoting the spread of the virus is the sixty-four billion dollar question.

Provisional liquidators, the automatic stay, and the Hong Kong Court

By Ben Hobden and Norman Hau This article considers the approach taken by the Cayman Court when faced with an application by a company to appoint ‘soft touch’ provisional liquidators and obtain the benefit of the statutory moratorium when proceedings are extant in another jurisdiction, and a recent decision of the Hong Kong Court providing […]

BVI passes legislation codifying the “Black Swan” jurisdiction

On 7 January 2021, the BVI enacted an important amendment to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Virgin Islands) Act which provides that the BVI court now has jurisdiction to grant free-standing interim relief in aid of existing or anticipated foreign proceedings.

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Five myths about marriage and divorce

January typically sees a spike in divorce enquiries for many solicitors – and 2021 is expected to be no different, with the additional stresses and strains COVID-19 has placed on couples and families.

Shall we be exclusive?

The government is currently seeking views on a very specific proposal to ban the use of exclusivity clauses in contracts where the workers’ guaranteed weekly income is less than the Lower Earnings Limit, currently £120 per week.

Redundancies during COVID-19: Coronavirus job retention scheme extension provides some relief

In comparison to the US, there is a stricter redundancy process in the UK. For UK businesses faced with the prospect of making 20 or more staff redundant, there is an obligation to undertake a collective consultation process, which should consider ways to avoid or reduce the number of employees to be made redundant and mitigate the consequences of the redundancies.

The implications of Maughan: the Chief Coroner’s Law Sheet #6

The new Chief Coroner, HHJ Teague QC, has just published his first legal guidance in the form of “Law Sheet 6” addressing the impact of the case of R (on the application of Maughan) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire [2020] UKSC 46 on coronial practice.


Freshfields former innovation head lands new exec role

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s former head of legal innovation Isabel Parker is set to take on a new executive role, The Lawyer can reveal. Parker has been named co-executive director of global non-profit institute Digital Legal Exchange (DLEX), which was formed early this year from a partnership between managed services business UnitedLex and US IT provider DXC […]

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Womble Bond bypasses London in delayed UK promotions round

Womble Bond Dickinson has added seven associates to its partnership in its delayed promotions round, with all new partners added outside of London. The firm had temporarily delayed its spring promotions round but it has now given the nod to seven. The firm has promoted two women, including Vicky McCombe who is based in the […]

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Burges Salmon to repay furlough money

Burges Salmon has opted to repay UK Government funds used for putting its staff on the furlough scheme, as it readies to go ahead with salary reviews. The Bristol-headquartered firm made the decision following a financial review of the past few months and forecasting of what’s to come. It joins a list of firms who […]

Pinsent Masons

Pinsents LLPs reveal credit extension ahead of Covid-19

Pinsent Masons bolstered its credit facilities to £45m, its annual LLP accounts show, coming as part of a broader package of measures adopted by the firm in response to Covid-19. The extension of the firm’s pre-existing overdraft with its main bankers allowed for increased protection from the financial challenges posed by the pandemic, alongside other […]

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