Impact of the Covid crisis on gender equality and discrimination in the workplace across Europe

European Governments have been looking to ease some of the pressures faced by women and eliminate some of the obvious areas of discrimination caused by the pandemic. Enhanced parental leave, improved rights for pregnant women, flexible working hours for those remote working and reforms to the rules around ‘zero-hour contracts’ are all being used to try to tackle this issue.

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Hear key insights around client service by listening to Meritas President Sona Pancholy’s latest interview with Gulam Zade, former General Counsel and now CEO of LogicForce. Gulam has worked with a number of Meritas firms, and shared his perspective on what mid-market general counsel are looking for from their outside counsel.

Global cannabis industry: the essential primer

As more countries legalize or decriminalize the cultivation, manufacture, sale, and use of cannabis, companies across a variety of industries are looking for opportunities to capitalize on this emerging market. But the global legal landscape is confusing and constantly evolving, making it essential for people and businesses around the world to secure strong legal representation.

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Terms and limitation clauses: will they be effective when you need them?

In the recent case of Balfour Beatty Regional Construction Ltd (BB) v Van Elle Ltd, the question before the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) was whether the sub-contract superseded any prior contractual relationship between the parties, or whether the sub-contract was subject to Van Elle’s standard terms and conditions.

Ireland – The pandemic has changed the world – or has it?

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New private investment funds in Guernsey

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