Practice Areas

Menopause and disability discrimination

On 18 October 2021 we marked World Menopause Day. It is, therefore, timely that, this month, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has provided one of the few binding rulings on this topic. It has considered whether employees experiencing severe menopause symptoms can be protected from disability discrimination.

World Menopause Day – 18 October 2021

World Menopause Day (18 October) offers an opportunity for employers to reflect on the support given to their employees who are experiencing the menopause and peri-menopause.

Bestway Global Holdings Inc: A summary of the principles applied when considering sanction applications for schemes of arrangement and capital reductions

In Bestway Global Holdings Inc. (FSD 208 of 2021 – unreported), Doyle J gave a comprehensive and helpful review of the principles to be applied by the court when considering whether to sanction a scheme of arrangement and confirm a capital reduction. Although schemes of arrangement are commonplace in the Cayman Islands, rarely are the principles and authorities considered at sanction hearings so thoroughly set out in published judgments. The decision therefore provides useful guidance to practitioners.

Volvo

Clifford Chance takes lead on Volvo’s Swedish IPO

Clifford Chance is advising Swedish carmaker Volvo on its planned listing, as the group looks to raise approximately $2.8bn. The IPO, on Nasdaq Stockholm, will entail new shares issued by Volvo Cars, which is owned by Chinese-headquartered Geely. It is expected to raise $2.8bn alongside the sale of its parent company’s shares. Geely became a […]

Jersey wills & probate: Varying inheritances in Jersey after death

When someone dies, executors or administrators are tasked with the distribution of the estate in accordance with the deceased’s will or, if the deceased died without leaving a will, following the rules relating to an intestate succession. It is often overlooked that in Jersey there is an option available to the heirs of an estate to change the distribution of assets provided for by the will or inheritance law, where there is an intestacy, by varying the dispositions of the estate which are causing an issue.

Mondaq: Guernsey – Insurance comparative guide

In this guide, partner Kate Storey answers pertinent questions on Guernsey’s legal and regulatory framework in the insurance context, as well as the primary classes of insurance and reinsurance available in Guernsey, the restrictive obligations and liabilities of the insurer and insured, formal requirements for making a claim, the types of insurance companies found in the jurisdiction, restrictions on foreign ownership of insurance companies, minimum capital and liquidity requirements, governance and risk management, and more.

Commission Evaluation Report on the operation of Regulation (EU) 461/2010 concerning the exemption of certain vertical agreements in the automobile sector

The report of the European Commission of May 2021 is analysed regarding the application of Commission Regulation (EU) 461/2010 to the exemption of certain vertical agreements in the automotive sector. This report is of interest in order to assess, at the present time, the state of the market’s competitive structure and the lines of the possible policy that the Commission could adopt in the future.

Data protection: Key findings from the EDPB’s WhatsApp Ireland decision

On 2 September 2021, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) published its decision on the dispute on the draft decision of the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) regarding WhatsApp Ireland under Article 65(1)(a) of the GDPR. WhatsApp Ireland was issued a €225 million fine, the largest-ever fine from the DPC, and the second-highest under GDPR rules.

UK: Immigration and asylum update

Webinar: Raza Husain QC chaired a panel consisting of Samantha Knights QC, Eleanor Mitchell and Hugh Southey QC as they discussed the latest developments in Immigration Law, including the following topics: – Nationality and Borders Bill, Part 4 (trafficking and modern slavery) – Article 8 and young offenders following the Supreme Court’s decision in Sanambar v SSHD – Policy challenges following A and BF.