Lawyer Monthly December 2020 Edition

Edited by Jaya Harrar

Lawyer Monthly - December 2020 Edition

From the Editor...

Welcome to our December 2020 edition

It has been quite a crazy year, to say the least, but as we draw to the end of 2020, we cannot help but reflect on everything this year has taught us. And as we look ahead to 2021, which we all collectively hope is a better year, we embrace ourselves for everything that had been put on hold or was silenced on the sidelines due to the constant pandemic news and updates.

Aside from the coronavirus changing our everyday lives, we have also seen political unrest across the globe. We have seen people take to the streets bringing forward concerns of their civil rights: from people arguing that wearing masks impedes on their freedom, to the US election supposedly being rigged, it is safe to say this year has been tense.

A protest which went further than the 50 states and took place in over 60 other countries, involved demonstrators supporting those seeking justice for George Floyd and the wider Black Lives Matter movement, mainly speaking out against police brutality. It brought to light systemic and institutionalised racism, both of which do not have overnight cures. And despite the protests no longer occurring on a global scale, action still needs to be taken and to refl ect that, our cover story this month addresses racism, more so in the workplace. We have the pleasure of speaking with Lawyer Monthly’s trusted employment fi rm Phillips & Associates, where they touch on how employers can tackle workplace race discrimination.

If you turn to page 30 you can read about the highest paying lawsuits 2020 has seen, and also refl ect on page 28, the legal lessons we have learnt this year. As usual, we have insightful articles which address an abundance of topics: from Greek privatisation to the legal issues when purchasing a private jet; we hope you enjoy this issue and I look forward to welcoming you in the new year!

Jaya Harrar - Lawyer Monthly Editor