The rapid spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) throughout the world and the impact of administrative measures to contain it represent a growing challenge for the management of companies. On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the existence of a pandemic. The main focus now is to guarantee the safety of workers and employees. However, […]
With Decree-Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March, the Government has introduced a broad set of exceptional and temporary measures on preventive isolation (often referred to as “quarantine”), social protection for those affected by the disease, absence from work due to the closure of educational establishments, and the arrangements for home working. We have received a number […]
The Coronavirus, COVID-19 has raised numerous important legal issues. However, one issue has assumed an even higher profile with the recent classification of the virus as a pandemic. This is the question of what claims can be made under the different insurance products on the market to cope with the losses, whether direct or indirect, that Portuguese businesses have been facing.
Ministerial Order 71-A/2020 of 15 March defines and regulates the terms and conditions to award immediate assistance for employers and employees affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. The assistance is intended to maintain jobs and to mitigate the extreme difficulties that many businesses are now facing. This help is extraordinary, temporary and transitional […]
Artificial intelligence, cloud computing, software as a service (SaaS), machine learning. Just a few of the most commonly heard terms associated with the raft of new technologies now disrupting the legal industry. But, no matter your enthusiasm or ambition, successfully implementing new technology and ensuring its adoption can be a huge challenge. Many projects end […]
By Mark J. Forte At this time of great uncertainty, we hope it is useful to offer you an update on the operation of the BVI litigation market. The BVI Commercial Court has introduced proactive measures to ensure minimal interruption to its operations, whilst ensuring public health is not jeopardized. BVI has therefore moved to […]
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented pressures on cashflow for the business community and global stock markets have suffered significant falls over the last few days. Against this backdrop pension schemes (whether defined benefit or defined contribution) face their own challenges.
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Reed Smith has slowed partner cash distributions in a bid to counteract the potential economic impact on its business amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Management at the firm has introduced new contingency measures that will reduce monthly draws by 40 per cent for equity partners and 15 per cent for fixed share partners, The Lawyer understands. The […]
Over 200 junior barristers have signed a letter to the Bar Council and its vice-chair Amanda Pinto QC, asking it to respond to the self-employed income support scheme announced by the UK Government last week. The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced on Thursday that self-employed people will be supported with 80 per cent of their […]
Pinsent Masons has announced a promotions round of 17 this year, making up two individuals from outside of its traditional legal services group for the first time. Head of the firm’s client solutions group, David Halliwell, has been named as a partner, as well as Hayley Boxall in Pinsents’ forensic and accounting services group. It […]
Macfarlanes and Weil Gotshal & Manges were the two firms leading on the sale of the iconic Ritz Hotel completed late on Friday evening. The acquisition means an unnamed Qatari investor now owns the Ritz hotel on the same night that the property closed its doors for the first time in more than 100 years […]
Covid-19 has profoundly destabilised economic and social life as we know it. As we enter the second week of a nationwide lockdown, The Lawyer would like to hear from our readership. We would like to know your views on your current working practices and have created a survey which you can access here. We would […]
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) has hired a Mayer Brown partner as its new global head of learning and development, making it a standalone role for the first time since its transatlantic combination in 2018. The firm has brought in New York partner Virginia Melvin, who for seventeen years oversaw training for Mayer Brown’s US […]