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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.


Kinstellar launches office in Kyiv, Ukraine

Kinstellar is opening a new office in Kyiv, Ukraine. Launching in Kyiv is part of the firm’s ambitious strategy to provide full-service coverage across Emerging Europe and Central Asia and follows the successful opening of our practice in Sofia, Bulgaria, last year and our expansion into Turkey, Serbia and Kazakhstan prior to that. The new […]

Ashurst bags lead mandate on Morrisons’ deal with Ocado

Ashurst has won the top role advising Wm Morrison Supermarkets on its ongoing discussions with Ocado over its online delivery services. Ashurst fielded a team including partners Bruce Hanton and Dominic Ross. Meanwhile Ocado used in-house counsel, including head of special projects Jonathan Wiseman. Wiseman was the lead associate at Slaughter and May when the […]


Michael Twining: Day one at MIPIM

And so it begins. 4am alarm, kiss goodbye to a seven month pregnant wife and jump in the car down to Luton. Last time I was at this airport, a year ago, it was a similar time of day, but it had included cans on the minibus as I was on my way to my stag do. (I wonder if my travel companion/boss fancies a pint?  Maybe just a coffee, for now.)

royal courts of justice

Hausfeld replaces Withers on £400m Libor claim against RBS

Withers has been replaced by Hausfeld on a major Libor manipulation and swaps mis-selling claim being brought against the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). Property tycoon claimant Stuart Wall launched the high-profile lawsuit against RBS in August 2014, originally instructing Withers commercial litigator Andrew Wass. This week Wall switched law firms to Hausfeld’s London boss […]

Conviction quashed – guidance on meaning of harassment

In its reserved judgment in R v O’Neill [2016] EWCA Crim 92 the Court of Appeal (in the judgment of Lord Justice Gross) delivers guidance as to the correct judicial direction and the ingredient of “oppression” in an allegation that conduct is harassing required to render the conduct criminal. The appeal against conviction for an offence of […]

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