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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.

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The pandemic is making employers and employees re-assess the value of the workplace. One factor, as Business Minister Paul Scully MP has pointed out, is rarely considered: are employees being subjected to domestic abuse?

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Over a year after the Information Commissioner’s Office introduced new guidelines on website cookies, a large proportion of UK websites are failing to meet the new regulations, leaving website visitors’ data open to abuse and website owners open to significant fines.

UK Supreme Court rules on apparent bias of arbitrators

In Halliburton Company v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Ltd, the UK Supreme Court has ruled that arbitrators are subject to a legal duty of disclosure under English law with regards to any facts or circumstances which might give rise to a real possibility of bias.

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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.


Gateley updates investors on “resilience” during lockdown

After reinstating salary cuts at the start of the month, listed law firm Gateley has informed investors that its revenue performance showed “considerable resilience” over lockdown. In a trading update released on Friday, Gateley announced that it has generated turnover figures of no less than £50m for the six-month period ending 31 October 2020, which […]

BHP appoints new GC as part of legal reshuffle

BHP has appointed a new general counsel following wider changes in the Anglo-Australian resources giant’s leadership team. Singapore-based Lyndon Arnall has taken on the GC role, which was formerly held by Caroline Cox. Cox, who is based in BHP’s Melbourne HQ, was appointed chief legal governance and external affairs officer in November, replacing Geoff Healy […]

Fried Frank and Linklaters lead on Carlyle’s £1.8bn consulting exit

Fried Frank and Linklaters have bagged the top roles on Carlyle’s shareholder exit from PA Consulting, as control passes to Jacobs Engineering. Linklaters partners Chris Boycott and Alex Woodward advised private equity house Carlyle on the sale of its 65 per cent shareholding, along with managing associate Lauren Bretton in corporate and associates Frances Hibbert […]

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Addleshaws to revive bee project in sustainability drive

Addleshaw Goddard is looking to install a beehive on the roof space of its Leeds office, part of a new set of sustainability pledges for next year. The firm was in negotiations with a local Leeds bee keeper about the idea back in May 2020. However, the arrival of the pandemic disrupted the plan, which since […]

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