Against the odds, it’s a good time to be a corporate lawyer at a UK firm

It’s been a tough few months for the City’s deal lawyers, but according to M&A figures for the last quarter, it’s US-related transactions that have experienced the biggest decline in value since April.

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Focus on COP26: The future of affordable living

The hosting of COP26 in Glasgow this year shines a spotlight on the UK in relation to sustainability performance, applying more pressure on organisations to demonstrate their green credentials and to encourage the development and usage of sustainable technologies in the race to net zero.

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The Serious Fraud Office has fined security company G4S £44m, as part of a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) bringing a six-year investigation to an end. The fine will see G4S avoid prosecution for overcharging the Ministry of Justice for the electronic tagging of offenders. The SFO said G4S had accepted responsibility for three counts of fraud that […]

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The Black Lives Matter movement has received much press over the past month since the disgustingly horrific murder of George Floyd. It’s put the issue of racism firmly on the agenda of the mainstream media, major corporations and institutions and prompted much debate among individuals. We have seen the Bank of England pledge to remove […]

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Court of Appeal rules on Kazakh claim in long-running award row

The Court of Appeal has refused permission to appeal after a challenge was brought by the Republic of Kazakhstan and its national bank, meaning the Belgian courts will have the final say on how to handle a $500m arbitration award being pursued by the parties. The case, which featured on The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases 2020, is […]

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Clifford Chance sets out new diversity goals for the next decade

Clifford Chance has unveiled a set of diversity pledges, covering gender, race and LGBT, as it aims to improve its credentials by 2030. On the gender front, the firm said it wants to increase its female partner representation to at least 40 per cent by 2030. However, according to the firm’s latest set of gender […]

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