This blog is written towards the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown. We are not yet three weeks in, and do not know what the future holds. This post has already been updated once since publication and in the fast paced news of coronavirus, more updates will come. This post therefore may not be an exhaustive […]
The case of R (Bridges) v Chief Constable of South Wales Police & Information Commissioner  EWHC 2341 (Admin);  1 WLR 672 is said to have been the first claim brought before a court anywhere on planet earth concerning the use by police of automated facial recognition (“AFR”) technology. There could be nothing wrong with posting scores of police […]
The Chief Coroner’s Guidance on COVID-19 (No.34) was issued on 26 March 2020 and reinforced on 27 March 2020 with further guidance (No.35). It is helpful to be read in conjunction with the Chief Coroner’s COVID-19 Note #3. It is intended to be the main piece of guidance for all coroners. The message overall is that coroners have discretion […]
Private Client analysis: The judgment considers the correct legal framework to apply where a person before the Court of Protection has capacity to make decisions regarding their medical treatment but could lose that capacity under certain circumstances. Rhys Hadden examines the case. An NHS Foundation Trust and another v R  EWCOP 4,  All ER […]
Mostyn J’s judgment in a novel case concerning withdrawal of life sustaining treatment in the Court of Protection’s first ever Skype trial In a trial lasting three days, conducted entirely remotely through the medium of Skype, no one could fail to be moved when watching a video clip of a man in his seventies, known […]
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 […]