Editor's Letter

Fivehundred magazine from The Legal 500, combines the knowledge of our experienced editors and researchers with expert contributors to give you an insight into the global themes affecting the legal profession.

In this special edition around crisis management, fivehundred draws together highly experienced law firm leaders from around the globe to discuss the challenges and steps taken – from the technological to the logistical, from managing staff wellbeing and communications to respond to client demands during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Insights are provided from a diverse range of jurisdictions, with experienced private practice lawyers based in Belgium, The UK, India, Portugal, South Korea, China, Albania, Taiwan and Cyprus discussing how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting their respective legal markets, and advise ways in which law firms and in-house counsel can improve the integrity and resilience of their future crisis planning.

For most of us, the COVID-19 pandemic is unlike any other risk event that we have ever encountered in our lifetimes. As the world of work has changed in response to the crisis, law firms have adapted to the situation accordingly.

Within this edition, attorneys representing Jipyong share their thoughts on trends and risks arising from the pandemic in Korea; whilst general counsel of food delivery company Delivery Hero, JM Park, discusses how the pandemic is impacting day-to-day operations.

Kingsley Napley’s Caroline Day and Alun Milford discuss the future of internal investigations; whilst Lydian’s Jan Hofkens and Yves Lenders cover the legal implications of dealing with whistleblowers under Belgian law.

CR Partners’ Alban Caushi outlines when companies have grounds to consider a force majeure and whether epidemics justify the disruption of delivery; and Daniel T.H. Tsai of Lee and Li explains the impact that COVID-19 is having on commercial contracts.

We also hear from PLMJ’s Rita Samoreno Gomes and Petra Carreira, on banking and financial litigation during and after the pandemic. Legasis Partners’ Gautam Bhatikar, Divya Rajan Patil and Shruti Keshav Salian, discuss leadership and the lessons that can be learned from the frontline of COVID-19 in India.

Harris Kyriakides LLC’s Georgina Athanasiou shares the legal impacts of COVID-19 in Cyprus; whilst Shane Luo of Dentons’ Shanghai office outlines some of the key employment issues that have arisen following the pandemic in China.

Guiding your business through a time of crisis: a lawyer’s guide to Covid-19 in South Korea

On 24 June, The Legal 500 and JIPYONG LLC, a leading law firm in South Korea for over 20 years, presented a webinar exploring how Covid-19 has changed the outlook for South Korean businesses and their lawyers.

Attorneys representing JIPYONG shared their expertise on trends and risks arising in connection with the pandemic. Topics for discussion included: Surviving Covid-19: developments in Korean debt financing How Korea is tracking cases of corona without violating privacy laws Staff reductions and layoffs Legal developments impacting the supply of medical products and the provision of healthcare …

A Lawyer’s Perspective: Key points and guidelines under PRC Employment and Labour law during the COVID-19 crisis in China

The Chinese employment and labour law has always been driven by the public policy to maintain social stability, which is the country’s top priority. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the employment relationship became a topic full of controversy since the previous commonly adopted law enforcement practice has not been ready in response to such acute situation. …

Leading your organization through a complex novel crisis: Lessons from the frontlines of COVID-19 in India

The Legal 500 sits down with leading Indian law firm, Legasis Partners, to discuss how the firm are handling COVID-19, and protecting in-house counsel facing an unprecedented crisis. Legasis with its unique blend of professional legal services coupled with its legal tech solutions has not only kept up with the pace of rapid changes in …

Conducting internal investigations in Belgium

Lydian’s dedicated and multidisciplinary internal investigations team advises global and local clients on all aspects of business crime and employee fraud. Fivehundred sits down with Jan Hofkens and Yves Lenders, who provide guidance on an employer’s responsibilities in regards to whistleblowing. 1.1 What statutory or regulatory obligations should an entity consider when deciding whether to conduct an …

COVID-19—Impact on Taiwanese law governed Commercial Contracts and Lessons Learned from the SARS Epidemic

This article aims to provide a brief review on the impact of the outbreak of COVID-19 on contractual relationships from the perspective of Taiwanese law with precedents during the SARS epidemic for a better understanding on the legal practice in Taiwan. Force Majeure There are certain chapters under the Civil Code that rule “force majeure” …