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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 […]

Protecting personal data as lockdown unlocks

Alongside all the other practical challenges of the easing of lockdown restrictions is the question of what additional requests organisations may need to make of their employees to provide a safe working environment. This may include asking employees if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, requiring them to undergo testing in certain circumstances, and requiring them to provide for details of other employees, clients and suppliers with whom they may have been in contact.

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Can UK employers claim the furlough grant while employees are on notice? Clarity is required.

Notice Pay during Furlough Leave The latest Treasury Direction for the furlough scheme, updated on 26 June 2020, could modify the effect of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. New wording at paragraph 2.2 may be interpreted to suggest that notice pay cannot be claimed through the scheme. With retrospective application, employers require clarification from HMRC […]

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Clifford Chance called in as British Steel enters insolvency

British Steel is the latest UK business to be placed into compulsory liquidation, with a number of law firms pitching into advise on matters related to the insolvency. It was revealed today that EY will act as special managers on the liquidation, bringing in Clifford Chance partner Philip Hertz and Iain White for advice. The […]

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