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15-Jan-2021
Walkers' Employment Law Conference Goes Online to Explore Covid-19's Impact on the Workplace

Walkers' employment law conference on "Covid-19 and the Evolution of the Workplace" will take place online in late-February.

The conference will be led by Walkers' Guernsey and Jersey employment law specialists, along with members of the firm's employment law team in Dublin, and will cover the ways in which Covid-19 has and will continue to affect workforces and workplaces and key lessons learned for 2021 and beyond.

Walkers senior counsel Sarah Ash (Guernsey) said: "The past ten months have seen a huge shift in how and where we work requiring directors, legal counsel and HR leaders to deal with an entirely new set of challenges and changes to the economic backdrop.

"Technological and organisational changes have shown that working remotely over the longer term is a real option for many businesses. While Covid-19 continues to challenge working practices and requires businesses to be able to adapt quickly to changing circumstances, we are definitely at the stage where we can start applying the lessons we have learned for the future, and that's what our conference is about."

The team from Walkers has been dealing with a range of questions from businesses including the challenges of working from home, dealing with employees reluctant to return to the office, changes in staffing requirements, questions about working remotely from another jurisdiction, "lockdown burnout" and issues around disciplinary and performance management during the Covid-19 disruption.

The team has also been working with specialist regulatory colleagues on the unique challenges experienced by regulated financial services businesses during the disruption.

Daniel Read, senior counsel in Walkers' Jersey employment law team, said: "The breadth of questions for employers – some of them urgent and of strategic importance – that have been posed by Covid-19 along with how to respond to the changing restrictions imposed and support offered by the States of Jersey and Guernsey have been of critical importance for employers.  These challenges face all businesses and we have advised a wide variety of employers across a range of sectors.

"There is no single message or lesson from what we have seen, but it has been so interesting to see how flexible many employers and employees have been, how willing many have been to accommodate the requests and requirements of their teams, and how much energy and time they have been prepared to invest in two-way communication between leadership and teams."

Senior counsel Victoria Pratt from Walkers' Guernsey team added: "We have been running these conferences for several years now as a way to bring people together and share what we've learned about key issues that are having an impact on our clients. This year, we believe our conference will add real strategic value to businesses that are looking to adopt a resilient approach in an unpredictable environment. We are very pleased that we're still able to go ahead, albeit online, and we look forward to exploring the issues for 2021."

To register for the conference, please click here.

 



14-Jan-2021
Michaela Lam Elected Co-Chair of IWIRC Hong Kong

We are delighted to announce that Michaela Lam has been elected to serve as a Co-Chair of the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation ("IWIRC") Hong Kong Board.  IWIRC is the premier international, networking and professional growth organization for women in the restructuring and insolvency industry.

Michaela has been on the IWIRC Hong Kong Board since 2018 and was Vice-Chair in 2020.  As a Co-Chair, Michaela will play a big part in developing the Hong Kong network's growth within the region.

About the IWIRC

International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation is committed to the connection, promotion and growth of women in insolvency and restructuring professions worldwide. Since 1994, IWIRC has been connecting women worldwide through a global membership of more than 1000 attorneys, bankers, corporate-turnaround professionals, financial advisors and other restructuring practitioners. The organisation provides its members with relationship-building, educational, career enhancement and promotional opportunities.

12-Jan-2021
Walkers adds 25 Bermuda Registered Associates in Asia

Walkers adds 25 Bermuda Registered Associates in Asia: Becoming the second largest Bermuda legal offering in the region

Hong Kong, 12 January 2021

Walkers is pleased to announce that 25 of its lawyers based in Asia have been accepted as Registered Associates (RAs) of the Bermuda Bar.

This comes as the firm celebrates the fifth anniversary of its Bermuda office, underscoring the continued investment and commitment to delivering premier offshore legal and corporate administration services across the three key offshore jurisdictions of Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands to Asia-based clients.

The team of Asia located Bermuda RAs consists of a broad swathe of partners and lawyers across Walkers' three core practices of Investment Funds & Corporate, Finance and Insolvency, Restructuring and Dispute Resolution. In addition to the expansion of the Bermuda legal services team, Walkers Professional Services are able to provide corporate administration, independent directors and board governance advisory services, providing a one-stop legal and corporate services solution for Bermuda companies.

Andy Randall, Managing Partner of Walkers Hong Kong states: "We are committed to delivering the same tier-one legal advice for Bermuda as we have for Cayman Islands and BVI in this region. For us, that means it is not good enough to have merely one or two lawyers able to advise on Bermuda law, but a deep bench of lawyers across all our key practice areas, which our clients can trust and rely on."

Kevin Taylor, Managing Partner of Walkers Bermuda adds: "The addition of Asia-based RAs further strengthens our global Bermuda offering. In Bermuda, we've grown to be the third largest international law firm on the island in just five years, and this demonstrates just how much of a gap there was in the Bermuda legal market and how attractive clients have found our commitment to the delivery of excellence. Walkers are proud to be flying the Bermuda flag and to represent the legal professional community on the global stage."

 
The key Walkers Asia Bermuda contacts are:

Finance

Rupen Shah, Partner – Hong Kong

Shirleen Tan, Partner – Singapore

Investment Funds & Corporate

Nicholas Davies, Partner – Hong Kong

Jo Lit, Partner – Hong Kong

Mark Cummings, Partner – Hong Kong

James Twigg, Partner – Singapore

Insolvency Restructuring & Dispute Resolution

Joanne Collett, Partner – Hong Kong

Adam Hinks, Counsel - Singapore

11-Jan-2021
Walkers Jersey and Guernsey teams offer series on offshore disputes trends in 2021

Walkers' specialist dispute resolution lawyers from Jersey and Guernsey will be leading a six-part webinar series on themes in offshore disputes expected in 2021 following on from the trends that emerged last year due to the disruption caused by Covid-19.

The practical sessions run from January to April, covering disputes in the private wealth, corporate and investment funds spaces, and will be supported by Walkers specialists from the Investment Funds & Corporate and Private Capital & Trusts practice groups.

Partner Nigel Sanders, who leads the Walkers' Channel Islands Insolvency and Dispute Resolution team, said: "We have seen some clear trends and themes emerge over the past year in terms of the contentious offshore work we are engaged on, in the sectors in which our clients do business.  The direct and indirect impact of Covid-19 on businesses and asset classes has certainly caused clients not only to consider options for immediate action but to address how best to manage and reduce the risk of contentious situations arising, or be prepared for when they do.

"These sessions have been put together in response to those trends and to address the kinds of issues that we feel are most likely to continue to be of great interest in what are inevitably going to be difficult times in the coming months and possibly years. We are confident that the insights and practical guidance we will share throughout the series will be of interest and of real value to a wide range of audiences."

The sessions cover:

21 Jan - Stick or Twist – Restructuring trust structures

3 Feb - Bless you! – Trustee decision making in volatile times     

3 Mar - Mistake – Judicial alchemy in action      

17 Mar - Setting up an offshore structure – how to minimise the risks of future litigation   

31 Mar - Injunctions – Obtaining an injunction in the Channel Islands      

21 Apr - Is Big Brother watching you? – disclosure of documents in the era of electronic data                   

05-Jan-2021
Belonging and Wellbeing in a Changing Workplace

The Dublin office recently hosted a Belonging and Wellbeing in a Changing Workplace themed event involving two panel discussions. Guest speakers who participated in the first panel focused on belonging while working remotely and successful strategies they have seen implemented to support employees working remotely during the pandemic. They also discussed flexible or agile working pre, during and post-Covid and shared insights on successful agile processes they have experienced which help people to continue to feel a sense of belonging and which impact positively on workplace culture.  Panel one speakers included Breda McCague, Co-founder of Lean-In-Ireland; Margot Slattery, Chief Global D&I Officer at Sodexo and;  Maria Black, Legal Counsel, Barclays Legal D&I Committee Member.

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Panel 1 with guest speakers from Lean-In-Ireland, Sodexo and Barclays 


Our panel two guest speakers included Niall Quinn, former professional footballer and former Sunderland Chairman; Jim Gavin, former Dublin Gaelic football team manager and assistant director of the Irish Aviation Authority. Panel two discussed how a successful working environment can be cultivated in a sporting environment and the roles that different stakeholders have in achieving this. Perspectives were also shared on managing a team remotely for positive outcomes while using players and the pitch as an analogy. Sports psychology was discussed and the importance of retaining a positive outlook when faced with challenges and the speakers shared tips for building greater resilience during the discussion.
 
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Panel 2 with guest speakers Jim Gavin and Niall Quinn 


Walkers' speakers who participated in the event included Managing Partner Garry Ferguson, D&I lead partner and Head of Asset Management and Investment Funds Nicholas Blake-Knox, partners Noeleen Ruddy and David McGovern, Associate Nuala Clarke and Director of BD and Marketing Fiona Boland.

 

A recording of panel one including our guest speakers from Barclays, Lean-In-Ireland and Sodexo can be viewed below.

 

Our panel two recording including an interview with guest speaker Niall Quinn can be viewed below.

 

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16-Dec-2020
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

We hope that this special time of year holds all the happiness of the season for you and your family.

In the spirit of giving, we have made donations to a number of charities in the jurisdictions we operate in, including ImpactHK, Team Hope's Christmas Shoebox Appeal, the Jersey Christmas Appeal, the Bermuda Angel Tree Charity, the BVI Family Support Network and the CICC Jingle Bell Walk/Run.

Thank you for your ongoing support and stay safe and well.

The Partners & Staff at Walkers