“The scientists made me do it” – the science, policy and politics of covid-19

One of the enduring myths of regulatory practice is that science and policy can and should be separated. Is it any wonder the public is confused about who is making decisions and whether decisions are based on science or on the basis of non-science considerations?

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Electric vehicles: Accelerating in British Columbia and beyond

Recent developments, including significantly increased funding under the Specialty Use Vehicle Incentive and Commercial Vehicle Pilots Program announced January 13, 2021, are accelerating the adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and their associated infrastructure in British Columbia.

Brexit: governing law, jurisdiction and enforcing judgments

Relatively easy cross-border enforcement of court judgments has been a quiet success of the EU. Now that we have the UK-EU Trade and Co-Operation Agreement we are able to report on how governing law, jurisdiction and enforcement of court judgments works post-Brexit between the UK and EU.

UK Supreme Court rules on Covid-19 business interruption claims

The much anticipated decision of the UK Supreme Court in a test case addressing insurance coverage issues arising in connection COVID-19 business interruption (“BI”) claims was handed down on January 15, 2021 in FCA v. Arch Insurance (UK) Ltd., [2021] UKSC.

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Five myths about marriage and divorce

January typically sees a spike in divorce enquiries for many solicitors – and 2021 is expected to be no different, with the additional stresses and strains COVID-19 has placed on couples and families.

Shall we be exclusive?

The government is currently seeking views on a very specific proposal to ban the use of exclusivity clauses in contracts where the workers’ guaranteed weekly income is less than the Lower Earnings Limit, currently £120 per week.

Redundancies during COVID-19: Coronavirus job retention scheme extension provides some relief

In comparison to the US, there is a stricter redundancy process in the UK. For UK businesses faced with the prospect of making 20 or more staff redundant, there is an obligation to undertake a collective consultation process, which should consider ways to avoid or reduce the number of employees to be made redundant and mitigate the consequences of the redundancies.

The implications of Maughan: the Chief Coroner’s Law Sheet #6

The new Chief Coroner, HHJ Teague QC, has just published his first legal guidance in the form of “Law Sheet 6” addressing the impact of the case of R (on the application of Maughan) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire [2020] UKSC 46 on coronial practice.

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DWF has vowed to reduce its office real estate footprint, while its UK secretarial and admin functions will still be expected to work remotely most of the time once office restrictions subside. As revealed in its half-year results, DWF is looking to downsize its office space and the lease terms of a number of its […]

The speed read: Merricks/Mastercard, office space and gendered language

Merricks/Mastercard is over – or is it? Today’s judgment in Mastercard/Merricks may feel like the end of the line, but it’s far from that. While the result does pave the way for related cases to resume, the verdict in Walter Merricks’ favour means the claim can once again be heard in the Competition Appeal Tribunal, […]

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Clifford Chance to ditch gendered language in its documents in new policy

Clifford Chance is encouraging its people to remove gendered language from their documents and communications, a step-up of new policies around diversity and inclusion. The magic circle firm will now produce only gender-neutral documents and contract templates in a new policy that spans all of its practice areas and offices. This language change entails gendered […]

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