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SHOULD I PLAY OR SHOULD I GO? VARIATION OF PLAYER CONTRACTS AND REPUDIATORY BREACH IN THE CONTEXT OF COVID-19
David Reade QC, Joseph Bryan and Stuart Sanders, of the Littleton Sports Law Group, discuss the practical consequences of attempts to vary contractual terms in professional sports contracts during the Covid-19 crisis
MICHAEL FORD QC CONTRIBUTES ON PREGNANT WOMEN’S RIGHTS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC - MATERNITY ACTION
Maternity Action obtained formal legal advice from Michael Ford QC, Old Square Chambers, and Karon Monaghan QC, Matrix Chambers, about the treatment of pregnant women under the Statutory Sick Pay regulations and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
CORONA CRIME - 25 BEDFORD ROW
CORONA CRIME: With plans across the world to gradually lift some lockdown restrictions we can expect to uncover a new wave of corporate criminal activity and organised crime at home and abroad. Criminal defence specialists Simon Pentol QC and Duncan Jones of 25 Bedford Row examine the likely trends and the focus of investigation by the authorities.
39ESSEX OUTLOOK: UPDATES IN COMMERCIAL AND CONSTRUCTION LAW
11th May 2020
May 2020 edition of Outlook, a roundup of news and views from the 39 Essex Commercial and Construction Group. Readers will not be surprised to learn that the impact of the current global health emergency remains the primary focus for the C&C Group’s practitioners.
WHY COVID-19 IS A CRISIS FOR DIGITAL RIGHTS - NANI JANSEN REVENTLOW
16th April 2020
"The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an equally urgent digital rights crisis.
New measures being hurried in to curb the spread of the virus, from “biosurveillance” and online tracking to censorship, are potentially as world-changing as the disease itself. These changes aren’t necessarily temporary, either: once in place, many of them can’t be undone.
That’s why activists, civil society and the courts must carefully scrutinise questionable new measures, and make sure that – even amid a global panic – states are complying with international human rights law."
JOINT COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS
CHAIR’S SECOND BRIEING PAPER ON THE LOCKDOWN REGULATIONS
20th May, 2020
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulation 2020 and their counterparts in the other UK jurisdictions give legal effect to the “lockdown”, the most significant and blanket interference with individual liberty in modern times.
(ONE ESSEX COURT) FORCE MAJEURE CLAUSES AND COVID-19
Jamie Goldsmith QC, James Fox and Ben Zelenka Martin have written a note about the operation of force majeure clauses in the context of COVID-19. It explores: (i) the circumstances in which a party might be able to rely on a force majeure provision; (ii) the impact of COVID-induced supply constraints; and (iii) whether deposits and advance payments would have to be repaid in the event of force majeure.
REMOTE HEARINGS, ADJOURNMENTS AND THE CHALLENGES OF COVID-19
Wei Jian Chan: Webinar on "Remote Hearings, Adjournments and the Challenges of COVID-19" with Jeremy Brier on 1 May 2020.
BEHIND THE SCENES AT FAKE STREET CHAMBERS' PUPILLAGE INTERVIEWS
FAKE STREET CHAMBERS PUPILLAGE INTERVIEWS PART 1: THE INTERVIEW
29th April 2020
The panel of ‘Fake Street Chambers’ conducted and filmed a full pupillage interview. Viewers can listen to and understand how a panel might evaluate the candidate, their performance and apply chambers’ marking criteria, as well as compare them to another applicant.
Panelists include: Paul Cavin QC, James Pereira QC, Frances Lawley, Ruth Reid, Laura Paisley, Natasha Shotunde, and Sahar Farooqi.
MOCK INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY AND COVID-19 UPDATES
CV REVIEW AND MOCK INTERVIEWS
1st June 2020
The Commercial Bar Association, Chancery Bar Association and TECBAR have offered this fantastic opportunity to support students - who are considering a pupillage at the commercial or chancery bar - by conducting online mock interviews and CV reviews with a commercial/chancery barrister.
There will be barristers from many outstanding sets on top of the ones mentioned below. This is a incredible initiative so don't miss out!
COVID: LORD CHANCELLOR SAYS COURTS 'MUST GO ON SITTING'
18th March 2020
Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland QC today insisted that courts across England and Wales have a critical role to play and must go on sitting.
In his first official statement since prime minister Boris Johnson stepped up advice for people to work remotely and avoid unnecessary travel, Buckland said it was 'essential' that courts continued to administer justice.