This article is part of the Prison law during the coronavirus pandemic series: On 24 March 2020, prisons in England and Wales closed to visitors in order to ensure safe and secure functioning and the enforcement of social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. Whilst the prohibition on visiting is clearly an infringement of Article 8(1) ECHR, it […]
This article is part of the Prison law during the coronavirus pandemic series. Rule 20(1) of the Prison Rules 1999 provides that: ‘The governor must work in partnership with local health care providers to secure the provision to prisoners of access to the same quality and range of services as the general public receives from […]
Mental capacity An imminent announcement is expected in respect of early prison release as a means of easing the pressure on the system. However, it is unclear what the mechanism will be to determine which prisoners are released. If the process involves the requirement to make some form of application by the prisoner, there will […]
With the recent outbreak of COVID-19, a common consideration is being raised by businesses: to what extent does a force majeure clause entitle a party to cancel a contract or be excused from the performance of a contract? ‘Force majeure’ is not a term of art in English law. Accordingly, the bearing it has on […]
The outbreak and rapid spread of the COVID-19 has roiled markets and disrupted business, threatening the global and local economies. In an attempt to support local businesses to overcome the crisis related to the effect of COVID-19, Cyprus Government have announced a number of TAX measures, which are yet to be finalized and submitted for […]
By Maxwell J. Brunette and Bruce Graham A new job protected leave was announced by the Alberta government on March 13, 2020. The general details are as follows: Under the Employment Standards Code (Alberta), employees will be entitled to take a leave of 14 days where they are required to self-isolate or are caring for […]
Recent amendments to Bermuda’s Investment Funds Act now require certain investment funds, organized in jurisdictions outside of Bermuda, to be designated and register as “Overseas Investment Funds” with the Bermuda Monetary Authority.
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DLA Piper has placed some of its non-fee-earners on furlough in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The firm has furloughed a number of people in its UK property and workplace team. The department provides premises and office services including management and maintenance of DLA’s offices. The firm states that the employees are currently at home […]
McDermott Will & Emery has made a second London hire in a fortnight, this time from K&L Gates. Anthony Fine, previously at K&L Gates for six years, will make the move to McDermott’s City office. He had also spent nine years as a White & Case partner prior to joining K&L. Specialising in the infrastructure […]
Simmons & Simmons is to delay partner distributions, echoing similar measures taken across the legal industry to reduce the impact of the fallout of the Covid-19 emergency. On top of the distribution delay, the firm said every decision about pay and bonuses will be deferred until later in the year. A spokesperson for the firm […]
Partners at Slaughter and May have been told they will not receive their quarterly distributions following a recent management decision. Senior partner Steve Cooke has suspended discretionary distributions to the partnership to ensure the firm can go forward during the Covid-19 crisis. Holiday allocations have also been addressed by Slaughters’ leadership, with everyone at the […]
Bird & Bird is to withhold a portion of its partners’ upcoming quarterly profits as a precautionary measure against the economic fallout that might stem out of the Covid-19 health crisis. A percentage of quarterly profit distributions will be devoted to a reserve created to sustain the business for the duration of the crisis. A […]
Womble Bond Dickinson is placing some of its non-fee-earners on furlough in response to the coronavirus pandemic, while it has also deferred partner distributions. The Lawyer understands that one-third of UK staff have been placed on furlough leave, however, their salaries will be topped up to 100 per cent, the firm said. In response to the […]