Europe

Covid-19 in Latvia: Updates in regulatory enactments

General

  • As of 15 May 2020, the Baltic States resumed their international passenger air, sea, bus, and rail services.
  • Transport and passenger transport service providers and passengers, cargo or technical flight crew, performing their work duties or seafarers going to their jobs on board or returning therefrom, as well as foreigners, where the need to bring them into Latvia for compliance of the obligations of merchants has been confirmed by the Latvian Investment and Development Agency, are allowed to cross the external and internal borders of the European Union in the territory of Latvia.
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Law Firm ILN-telligence Podcast | Episode 1: Pal Jalsovszky, Jalsovszky Law Firm | Budapest, Hungary

We’re thrilled to announce that a few weeks ago, we debuted our new podcast, Law Firm ILN-telligence, where we bring you real intelligence from real law firms. The first episode, I interviewed Pal Jalsovszky, the managing partner of Jalsovszky Law Firm in Budapest, Hungary and a member firm of the International Lawyers Network. We talked about the importance of communication during this time of pandemic (both with colleagues and clients), why this is a marathon, and not a sprint, and best practices for managing a law firm in uncertain times.

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Covid-19 in Latvia: State of Emergency extended until 9 June 2020

General

  • From 12 May 2020, it is allowed to hold public events both indoors and outdoors, by observing distance of 2 meters. The number of participants in the event may not exceed 25 people, and the maximum duration of the event shall be 3 hours;
  • Mouth and nose cover shall be worn when using public transport;
  • From 12 May 2020, museums, libraries, the National Archive will be able to gradually resume operations, the same applies to cultural events that can be observed from personal auto transport (drive-in events);
  • The shopping centres can be open on weekends and holidays;
  • From 12 May 2020, it is allowed to organize tourism services for travel only in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.
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Russia’s Supreme Court provides another set of recommendations on case handling in the light of COVID-19

Russia’s Supreme Court provides another set of recommendations on case handling in the light of COVID-19

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The Supreme Court encourages courts to follow his example and hold trials online

In view of the ruling of the Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation and the Presidium of the Council of Judges of the Russian Federation from March 18, 20201 Russian courts have been working in a new “self-isolated” regime for just over a month. Personal reception of citizens in courts is suspended, it is recommended to submit documents through electronic reception of courts, and courts are considering only certain categories of cases.

The Supreme Court has already drawn up the results of the first month of work in the new regime2. From March 18 to April 20, 2020 the courts received 225.2 thousand documents in electronic form – this is one and a half times or 77.3 thousand documents more than for the same period of the previous year. More than 286 million times, citizens have used the state automation system “Pravosudiye” (Justice). Also by the end of May a system of online familiarization with case materials is planned to be introduced in all commercial courts of all instances3.

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Employers Liability during COVID 19

Robert Kennedy, partner offers some practical guidance about likely employers’ liability claims that may stem from the coronavirus and highlight the key elements of such a claim, including employers duties, risk assessments and causation.

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Business Interruption & COVID-19: What risks are covered?

Considering widespread business closures, Michael Murphy takes an in-depth look at the impact of COVID-19 on business interruption insurance with a focus upon the following specific issues:

  1. Why this is such a key issue for insurers and policyholders?
  2. Are you entitled to claim for your business interruption losses?
  3. How do insurers reach their determinations on such claims?
  4. What do you do if you disagree with the insurer’s determination?
  5. Can insurers be forced to pay out for these business interruption losses?
  6. What is going to happen on these issues going forward?
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Steel producer operating in Italy struggles to protect its activities

Steel producer operating in Italy struggles to protect its activities
Authors: Giorgio Cherubini, Giancarlo Cherubini The article published in INSOL Europe’s Eurofenix magazine examines the…
Giorgio Cherubini
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Temporary measures in the area of migration due to the spread of coronavirus infection

On April 18, 2020, the President of the Russian Federation signed a decree1 “On temporary measures to regulate the legal status of foreign citizens and stateless persons in the Russian Federation in connection with the threat of the further spread of a new coronavirus infection (COVID-19)” (“Decree”). The measures provided for by the Decree are limited in their duration – from March 15 to June 15, 2020, inclusive. Below we will consider the main measures established by the Decree with respect to foreign citizens who came to Russia both on a visa-free and visa basis, as well as stateless persons (hereinafter jointly referred to as “foreign citizens” as well):

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A practical guide to the Covid-19 Working Capital Scheme

Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI)’s COVID-19 Working Capital Scheme

Many businesses are faced with difficult decisions arising from the COVID-19 crisis, and are undertaking an analysis of their business and devising a plan for how they will get through the challenging weeks and months ahead.  Consideration should be given to the range of options which have opened up in recent weeks in order to guide their businesses and employees and out of this unprecedented pandemic. One such option which has been made available for Irish Small and Medium Enterprises (“SME”) is the SBCI COVID-19 Working Capital Scheme, the details of which are set out below.

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