Analysis

US and UK flags: Laterals help US firms in London grow

You think A&O has problems? Take a look at O’Melveny in London

While many commentators will now be disparaging Allen & Overy’s US practice, the firm with the bigger overseas headache is O’Melveny & Myers (OMM). Just this year Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld made several swoops on OMM’s London ranks, sending the latter’s partnership headcount to just three. O’Melveny has had plenty of time to […]

Loans

After Burford, litigation funders need a healthy dose of transparency

Litigation funders live and breathe disputes, but this was not the sort of dispute Burford Capital was used to. On August 8, Burford’s share price plunged 66 per cent after a ferocious attack from San Francisco-based hedge fund Muddy Waters, whose founder Carson Black questioned the accuracy of the funders accounting practices. Black described the […]

Opinion

Colonial? A unified global firm that respects its partners is far from that

Greenberg Traurig executive chairman Richard Rosenbaum responds to Dentons’ Joe Andrew’s opinion piece published last week. The recent opinion piece strongly touting the verein model as the only obvious answer and disparaging other methods of global law firm growth as “colonial” brought to mind a saying I was taught early on in my career: “The […]

UnitedLex

Thinking beyond ‘going digital’

‘Going digital’ is a phrase buzzing around even the most technology-averse boardrooms. Businesses, including law firms, are recognising the threat presented by falling behind in an increasingly digital world, and they are mobilising accordingly. That is promising, but also missing the larger issue. Going digital in the legal industry means much more. Too many lawyers […]

Firms need to do more for their diverse lawyers than simply widening access

The new online recruitment portal launched recently by Rare Recruitment in collaboration with several top City law firms is undoubtedly a welcome initiative as pressure continues to mount on the legal profession to do more on diversity and social mobility. Launched last month, Vantage builds on Rare’s existing contextual recruitment software and uses advanced analytical […]

Latest briefings

Formation of contract and enforcement of terms: What negotiators need to know

By Gwendoline Davies, James Crayton Gwendoline Davies, Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution, and James Crayton, a partner in the Commercial Contracts Team, offer practical advice arising from the recent case of Volumatic v Ideas for Life [1], which highlights the risks of doing business in the absence of a concluded contract. Why is this case of interest? […]

Who needs a guarantor agreement?

By David Asker A guarantor is an individual who is agreeing to pay the rent if the tenant defaults on payments. Guarantors can often be necessary when renting to students or those in part time or low paid work, but any landlord can ask for a guarantor agreement if they feel there might be an element […]

Housing possession court duty scheme

By David Asker The Government is holding a consultation covering additional legal support for those facing eviction or repossession. Currently, the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme (HPCDS) offers free advice on the day to anyone at risk of eviction or repossession, this service is not means tested and is therefore available to anyone who finds themselves […]

CJEU: “opt-out” language does not create valid cookie consent – Austria

By Wolfgang Tichy, Gunther Leissler, Serap Aydin On 1 October 2019 the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU“) provided guidance on whether website operators may obtain consent to the use of cookies via a preselected tick-box. 1   Background of the case A German company organised a promotional lottery on its website. It obtained the consent of […]

CJEU decides on obligation of social media operators

By Gunther Leissler, Andreas Natterer, Sara Khalil Case: C‑18/18; Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek vs Facebook Ireland Limited On 3 October 2019 the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) provided guidance on Social Media operators obligations to monitor their networks for “hate speech”. 1 Background of the case In 2016 Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek, a (former) Austrian politician, was exposed […]

The solvency test in Guernsey: Are you sure your company is solvent?

By Bryan De Verneuil-Smith, Mathew Newman What is the Guernsey solvency test? The solvency test, found in section 527 of the Companies (Guernsey) Law 2008 as amended (“the Law”), is used to determine whether a Guernsey company is solvent. For non-regulated companies, it is a two-part test. For regulated companies there is a third part to the […]

Regulatory investigations: A survival guide

By Natalie Barton-Howes, Emma Bufton Natalie Barton-Howes provides practical advice to help you to understand the enforcement powers companies face and how to navigate a regulatory investigation in order to minimise the disruption to your business.

Data protection: GDPR – Where are we now?

By Alex Ha Kyung Kim, Emma Bufton Alex Ha Kyung Kim provides an update on the key developments in regulatory guidelines and enforcement actions, sharing key takeaway points and his outlook for the near future.

The Queen’s speech sets out what’s next for building safety reforms

By Sue Ryan, Lindsay Hammond Our article, back in December 2018, “The Ban on combustible Materials in the External Wall of Buildings – what you need to know” identified that since the publishing of the Hackitt Interim Report in December 2017 and the Final Report in May 2018, the Government has been under increasing pressure to […]

Your property journey

By Edward Pitt Start-up series part 6 At inception, your business may consist of one or two people and have no ‘fixed abode’. Mobile technology allows us to work remotely and has enabled countless start-ups to be created from the kitchen table, coffee shop and students’ union. Meetings can be held via Skype, desks can […]

When email goes badly wrong: Managing data breaches

By Claire Graham A recent data breach, in which emails revealed sensitive patient data, is reported to impact almost two thousand individuals and underscores the importance of a comprehensive data and cybersecurity programme. What learnings can you take from the case to mitigate breaches at your organisation? The Charing Cross data breach The data breach […]

Employment Briefing – October 2019

Various briefings related to employment are covered in this article. These include: Ongoing Government consultations Employment Tribunal update Data subject access requests – do you know the rules? New laws on pregnancy and maternity discrimination on the horizon? Case Law Update – October 2019 Click to read them in detail.

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