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EU Regulator Warning on Post-Brexit Financial Services EU Access Exemptions

The European Securities and Markets Association (“ESMA”) has published a statement on reverse solicitation of clients by third country firms following Brexit and the end of the UK transition period on 31 December 2020. It has identified what it calls “questionable practices” by firms in this regard, for example, using general clauses or online pop-up “I agree” […]

Dealing with Requests for Flexible Working under Jersey and Guernsey Law

There is no doubt that enforced working from home (‘WFH’) during the early stages of the pandemic has accelerated changes in the way we work. Partly motivated by the initial response to lockdown measures, partly by a need to accommodate individual circumstances, employers and employees have had to adapt to changes in where, how and […]

UK Government Announces Changes to DAC6 Post-Brexit – Impact For Ireland

EU DAC6 – Mandatory Disclosure of Reportable Cross-Border Arrangements Directive 2018/822 (DAC6) is an EU Directive requiring EU intermediaries or taxpayers to report information on certain cross-border arrangements to their local tax authorities.  Our previous client updates in relation to DAC6 can be found on our website here1 and here2. In an unexpected move on 31 December 2020, […]

Big Tech worldwide regulation: not if, but how

We appear to have reached a global consensus that it is no longer a question of if we should regulate Big Tech but how we regulate, with a flurry of legislative proposals in Europe and legal actions in the US jostling for attention in the final weeks of 2020.

Firms told to look out for domestic abuse signs

The pandemic is making employers and employees re-assess the value of the workplace. One factor, as Business Minister Paul Scully MP has pointed out, is rarely considered: are employees being subjected to domestic abuse?

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DWF has won a mandate to provide Covid-19 legal advice to NHS Digital, the information and technology provider for the national healthcare system. A team from the listed firm will be seconded to the public body as part of a £227,000 contract. The team seconded includes Manchester data protection head and partner JP Buckley and […]

Slaughter and May

Salaries at Slaughters to stay frozen until next year

Salary freezes at Slaughter and May are set to continue, as the firm faces the economic fallout of the pandemic. The freeze will now be reviewed next year. In response to Covid-19, the firm had put quarterly partner distributions on hold in April and deferred annual salary reviews. The firm has recently reinstated partner distributions […]

St Pauls London

Osborne Clarke fends off Stephenson Harwood in IP partner hire

Osborne Clarke is hiring a Bird & Bird partner, just months after Stephenson Harwood said it was hiring IP specialist Tim Harris. In September, Stephenson Harwood released a statement on the hire of Harris, in which IP partner Alexandra Pygall said: “Adding a lawyer of Tim’s calibre, with heavyweight patent litigation experience, strengthens our existing […]

EY

EY calls in advisers ahead of potential action over NMC Health

Ahead of a potential lawsuit from the administrators of NMC Health, Ernst & Young (EY) has called on the expertise of RPC, The Lawyer can reveal. The litigation specialist has been handed the mandate by the Big Four accountancy giant, which is looking to shore up its legal defence after Alvarez & Marsal informed creditors […]

Frankfurt

Clifford Chance gears up for Frankfurt move after year-long delay

Clifford Chance’s Frankfurt office will move into new premises early next year, after one of the firm’s most significant real estate developments was delayed due to the pandemic. The move will be Clifford Chance’s first in almost 40 years in the major German financial hub, and is considered as one of the largest property projects […]

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