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Coronavirus – Job Retention Bonus provides important lifeline for employers

The government is now offering a ‘Job Retention Bonus’ (‘Bonus’) to employers who bring employees back from furlough. The Bonus is a one-off payment and whilst we do not know all the details (there is another announcement due before the end of the month), the government has broadly outlined how the Bonus will work.

Supreme Court ruling will ‘encourage divorce tourism’

Supreme Court judgment concerning the jurisdiction of an English court to make a maintenance order in favour of the wife under section 27 of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (as amended) when the parties had mostly lived in Scotland and the divorce proceedings were conducted there.

UK Government to enhance FCA powers to facilitate LIBOR transition

The UK Government announced on 23 June 2020 that it intends to introduce new legislation to give the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) enhanced powers in circumstances where (i) LIBOR ceases to be representative of the market and (ii) its representativeness cannot and will not be restored. This is intended to solve the problem of “tough legacy” contracts by giving the FCA the power to protect consumers and market integrity in relation to those contracts (which the FCA envisage will be a “narrow band”).

Preparing for 4 July: Pubs and restaurants required to collect customers’ details

There will be some respite from life under lockdown in England on 4 July, when pubs, bars, cafés, takeaway services, and restaurants will be able to re-open, subject to high-level guidance issued by the UK government whereby businesses are asked to keep a temporary record of customers’ contact details for 21 days in order to support the NHS’s Test and Trace response. That means these businesses will need to ensure that they comply with GDPR legislation.

Queenslanders seek climate justice using Human Rights law

In Queensland, Australia, a group called Youth Verdict challenged an application for a mining lease on the basis that their human rights will be impacted by the climate change effects of the mine, citing Queensland’s new Human Rights Act. The application for a mining lease was made by Waratah Coal for an open cut and […]

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Pubs, bars and restaurants using apps – managing Covid-19 restrictions

Covid-19 restrictions on the leisure, food & drink sector were relaxed in England on the 4 July, with other nations in the UK on differing timetables, and businesses are turning to app-based solutions to aida transition back to some form of normality. This briefing covers considerations for procuring and deploying mobile apps to manage Covid-19 restrictions.

Government announces £80m investment to cut emissions from homes and industry

As part of its decarbonisation agenda the Government has announced that it will invest nearly £80 million towards reducing carbon emissions across homes and energy intensive businesses. The announcement forms part of wider efforts to ensure the UK meets its legally binding target to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

Angola: Mergers & Acquisitions 2020

Susana Almeida Brandão (Managing Associate) and Vanusa Gomes (Managing Associate of ASP Advogados – VdA Legal Partners member in Angola) write a chapter for ICLG Mergers & Acquisitons 2020, an international guide that compares legislation from around the world. The lawyers write the Angola chapter where they explain and develop the country’s mergers and acquisitions […]

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The first Covid collapse of a law firm, and not the last

You probably don’t go into private practice with the ambition of advising on failures in private practice, but Pinsent Masons insolvency partner Steven Cottee has carved out quite the niche alongside financial advisory firm Quantuma. Administrations and pre-pack sales of small to medium-sized law firms have kept Pinsents and Quantuma ticking along over the years, […]

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