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Taking time off to look after dependants

Understanding what employees’ rights are and how this should be handled by employers has never been more important as we reach the peak of the pandemic.

Material adverse change clauses – draft carefully

The unprecedented situation that the coronavirus pandemic has delivered to global commerce has impacted on a variety of contractual issues related to non-contentious day-to-day transactions.

An employment guide to lockdown 3.0

With COVID-19 taking hold once more, the government has put the UK under a third lockdown, forcing all non-essential shops to close once again.

BVI update: “Black Swan” legislation passed

On 31 December 2020, the BVI House of Assembly passed the so-called “Black Swan” Bill amending section 24 of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Virgin Islands) Act (Cap. 80) so as to confer jurisdiction on the BVI Court to grant interim relief in support of foreign proceedings.



DLA Piper partner investigated by SRA for sexist emails

DLA Piper sports partner Nick West is facing a hearing by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) after sending a string of sexist emails to Premier League boss Richard Scudamore. The email exchange, which took place in 2014, contained sexist jokes relating to Scudamore’s female colleagues. The Premier League boss’ secretary leaked the emails to the […]

Jeremy Cahill QC and Thea Osmund-Smith successful in High Court

Jeremy Cahill QC and Thea Osmund-Smith successful in High Court case concerning the presumption in favour of sustainable development where there is a five-year housing land supply.  The claim in this case was brought by Wychavon District Council challenging the decision of an Inspector to grant permission for 32 dwellings at Walcot Meadow, Walcot Lane, […]

Bruce Dear

Bruce Dear: Day two at MIPIM

I did my last long cycle ride in 1977. Got lost. Cycled 50 miles by accident. Never got on a bike again. So I feel a bit guilty drinking rosé to welcome the tanned, grimy heroes of Legal & General’s Cycle to MIPIM as they arrive at Savills’ Croisette cafe.

royal courts of justice

Hausfeld replaces Withers on £400m Libor claim against RBS

Withers has been replaced by Hausfeld on a major Libor manipulation and swaps mis-selling claim being brought against the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). Property tycoon claimant Stuart Wall launched the high-profile lawsuit against RBS in August 2014, originally instructing Withers commercial litigator Andrew Wass. This week Wall switched law firms to Hausfeld’s London boss […]

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