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Corona income compensation for employees in quarantine?

Intensified contact tracing, the launch of the so-called Swiss-Covid app as well as the new regulations of the Federal Council regarding the entry from coronavirus risk regions to Switzerland are all leading to an increase in the number of cases in which employees must undergo quarantine. Especially in the upcoming summer holiday season, employers will therefore be increasingly faced with the question of how employees in quarantine are to be remunerated and whether social insurance benefits may be claimed for the loss of work during the quarantine.


Blow away

It was a huge accolade, but for Herbert Smith partner Stephen Gale there was a sting in the tail. When he was nominated to be the president of the Society of Practitioners of Insolvency (SPI), it must have seemed as if he had reached a pinnacle. The SPI, the professional association of insolvency specialists comprising […]


Two recent arbitrations have sparked discussion in public international law circles: Metalclad v Mexico and SD Myers Inc v Canada both addressed the definition of expropriation in public international law under the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), although in Myers, the tribunal concluded there was no expropriation. Under international law, expropriation is the taking […]

Freshfields-Chiomenti merger collapses

Merger talks between Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Italian magic circle firm Chiomenti e Associati have failed. The talks, revealed by The Lawyer in October, have foundered due to disagreements over lockstep. It is thought that the Italian partners are unwilling to slot into Freshfields’ setup. Freshfields declined to comment, but a source close to the […]

7 Bedford Row loses Owen

Chris Owen, 7 Bedford Row’s highly respected senior clerk, is leaving the set and may quit the profession entirely. Owen says: “Although I’ve had a very happy 12 years in these chambers, after 21 years as a senior clerk it’s time to seek fresh challenges. I’m pleased to have chambers’ support and that is why […]

NHSLA cuts legal panel

Weightmans, Kennedys and Ward Hadaway are all believed to have won work from the NHS Litigation Authority in its long-awaited panel review. Six other firms have been slashed in the shakeup. One such firm is Scrivenger Seabrook, which derives 90 per cent of its revenue from the panel work. see full story, page 2

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