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Practical Solutions to Ongoing Legal Risks
Following the success of the Practical Solutions to COVID-19 Legal Challenges, a Thomson Reuters Asia and Emerging Markets webinar held in May 2020, Practical Law has returned to deliver a sequel! This time, our hand-picked panel of experts address a number of ongoing pandemic legal risks. 
Kate Merrifield
Kate Merrifield
Head of Corporate
Practical Law Australia
Thomson Reuters
Sophie Bonnette
Senior Writer
Practical Law Australia
Thomson Reuters

Christine Gray
Christine Gray
Head of Commercial Real Estate
Practical Law Australia
Thomson Reuters
Laura Hawes
Laura Hawes
Head of Dispute Resolution, Insolvency and Restructuring
Practical Law Australia
Thomson Reuters


Paul Smyth
Placement Director 
Aon

Nicholas Andreatidis
Nicholas Andreatidis
Queen’s Counsel
Level 27 Chambers
Jack Pembroke-Birss
Jack Pembroke-Birss
Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia 



James Simpson
James Simpson 
Partner, Workplace & Employment Law
KPMG Australia
Mark Ronan
Mark Ronan
Chief Claims Officer
Aon Risk Solutions Pacific


Sam Thomas
Sam Thomas 
Client Director -
Head of Transaction Liability
Aon Australia
Session overview

Join Thomson Reuters on 5 August for a panel discussion on Practical Solutions to Ongoing Pandemic Legal Risks. Refresh your knowledge on, and gain practical take-aways in, the following five legal areas to help effectively prepare your clients and organisation as we assess and adjust to the ramifications of doing business during a pandemic.
5 legal risks addressed  

  • Employment: A raft of redundancy packages has been issued to workers in a bid to support business continuity. But how can organisations ensure they are proceeding lawfully with current initiatives in place such as the JobKeeper program in Australia? Sophie Bonnette, Senior Writer – Practical Law, Thomson Reuters and James Simpson, Partner – Employment Law, KPMG, present some practical tips for practitioners on how to navigate this tricky area.   
  • Commercial real estate: Commercial leases have been a focal point for businesses and landlords alike during the global health crisis. With commercial tenants and landlords under pressure in a period of economic uncertainty, Christine Gray, Head of Commercial Real Estate – Practical Law, Thomson Reuters, and Jack Pembroke-Birss, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia, will outline the key issues likely to endure post-pandemic.  
  • Dispute resolution: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, courts in all jurisdictions across Australia implemented protocols to enable parties and their representatives to appear and participate in proceedings remotely. Nicholas Andreatidis QC, Level Twenty Seven Chambers, discuss some of the practical and strategic lessons learned in advocacy and feedback provided by the bench during the operation of these measures, which litigants and litigators might consider carrying forward in their post-pandemic practices. 
  • Insolvency and restructuring: With the temporary relief measures for financially distressed companies and individuals set to end on 25 September 2020 (unless extended), a significant increase in insolvency appointments is predicted. Laura Hawes, Head of Dispute Resolution – Practical Law, Thomson Reuters, discuss the options available to companies (and their directors) anticipating critically adverse financial circumstances on exit of the temporary relief period, and the advantages and disadvantages of each. 
  • Insurance: During a global crisis, D&O insurance, M&A insurance and Business interruption insurance are there to help mitigate heightened risks for clients and organisations. Mark Ronan, Chief Claims Officer – Pacific, Sam Thomas, Client Director – M&A and Transaction Solutions, and Paul Smyth Directors’ and officers’ insurance broker from Aon run through the risks and insurance considerations that firms and legal departments need to be aware of.
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