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What does the post-transition grace period mean for employers?

The Home Office recently updated its guidance in respect of what UK employers should be doing to check whether EEA nationals and their family members have the right to work during the post-transition grace period. Below is a summary of the main updates and how this will impact employers for the next two months.

AI – Commission publishes new legal framework

I wrote last autumn about the European Parliament’s approval of proposals for the regulation of artificial intelligence (AI), and the European Commission has now decisively picked up the legislative baton, publishing its comprehensive framework for an AI Regulation.

Replacing the vertical agreements block exemption: approaching a year to go

On 31 May 2021, the Vertical Agreements Block Exemption Regulation (VBER), which exempts certain agreements from the EU and UK prohibitions on anti-competitive agreements, enters its final year of service before its scheduled expiry at the end of May 2022. Both the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the European Commission (EC) have begun consultations on whether to replace the current instrument and its accompanying guidelines and, if so, how the replacements can tackle some of their predecessors’ shortcomings.

Tech time out – health is wealth

Neil Lloyd, managing director at law firm FBC Manby Bowdler, set up Tech Time Out with Stephanie Henson last year after noticing that a lot of noise was being made about the amount of time people were spending on tech, and certainly, COVID just made it worse.


The Lawyer Awards in association with Travelers

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 disruption, it has become apparent that coming together for The Lawyer Awards ceremony in its usual format will not be possible this year. However The Lawyer team, our judges and sponsors all agree that it is vital for the hard work showcased in the 500+ excellent submissions received this […]


Exclusive: Mayer Brown insurance duo exit for Kennedys

Mayer Brown London insurance partners Ingrid Hobbs and Andy Westlake are set to join Kennedys, The Lawyer can reveal. These exits follow that of Mayer Brown insurance head David Chadwick, who is also set to join Kennedys alongside partner Andrew McGahey, as reported by The Lawyer last month. These hires, which are expected to start […]

Margarida Saragoça speaks at European Pricing Platform event

Margarida Saragoça, Clients & Practice director, is guest speaker at the creditation programme held by European Pricing Platform (EPP), taking place from 4 to 8 December in Barcelona. The purpose is to share good practice and experience in pricing with  attendees from several sectors.

Conyers advises China Hongqiao Group on bonds issue

Conyers Dill & Pearman acted as special legal counsel in the Cayman Islands to China Hongqiao Group Limited (the “Company”), in connection with its issue of $320m 5% Convertible Bonds due 2022. China Hongqiao Group, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells aluminum products primarily in China.

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