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Green light for smart legal contracts?

The Law Commission has published its advice to the UK Government on the formation and enforceability of smart legal contracts, in which some or all obligations are defined or performed by code.

New paid sick leave for employees in British Columbia

Effective 1 January 2022, all employees, whether part-time, full-time, indefinite or fixed-term, working in British Columbia, who are protected by the provisions of the Employment Standards Act, and who have been employed with the same employer for 90 days or more, are entitled to take up to five (5) paid days off from work if they experience personal illness or injury.

Bermuda: A growing hub for the life sector

Bermuda has become a flourishing focal point for long-term insurance and reinsurance, offering the Island’s economy an increasingly lucrative pillar. Brad Adderley, partner at law firm Appleby, explains what it means for Bermuda.

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Linklaters partner duo exit in rare magic circle switch

A Linklaters duo have left for a magic circle rival, The Lawyer can reveal, becoming partners in its City leveraged finance practice. Allen & Overy has hired Annette Kurdian and Robert Burt. Kurdian joined Linklaters in 2001 and became a partner in 2006. As part of her practice, she advises financial institutions and alternative credit […]

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Slaughters’ hourly fees revealed in latest Government mandate

The hourly rates of a Slaughter and May team involved in a multi-million-pound UK Government mandate were disclosed in public records released earlier this week. The firm won a contract worth £3.9m to provide legal advice and support services to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government around a project to help homeowners who […]

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Kirkland alumni club: Willkie secures double-partner hire in London

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has secured its long-awaited hire of two partners from Kirkland & Ellis, as they join former colleague Claire McDaid to expand its City private equity team. Gavin Gordon and David Arnold are to join Willkie in the City, following on from the firm’s hire of Dechert tax partner Jane Scobie last […]

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