Analysis

Roundtable: Sins of the father reversed? Discussing Okpabi

Greek mythology, the Bible and Shakespeare all make much of the sins of the father being visited on the child. However, for parent companies at least, that may no longer be the case following the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Okpabi v Royal Dutch Shell. At The Lawyer’s latest roundtable, Stephenson Harwood partners Ed Davis […]

Roundtable: Talking digital strategy with Wolters Kluwer

As the end of the pandemic approaches, organisations are turning their attention away from the short term strategic thinking needed to weather lockdown and the return to the office and toward long term growth. Many of the factors and attitudes which have underpinned working life during the pandemic will be taken forward into the ‘new […]

How in-house lawyers can navigate a legal ecosystem in flux

There is no doubt that the legal landscape has shifted dramatically over the past five years, none more so for in-house lawyers. No longer are law firms the sole external supplier of legal services, but rather consultancies and technology providers continue to edge themselves further into the picture. Unsurprisingly, this has led to the role […]

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Clifford Chance after Layton: Fresh faces wanted, new ideas needed

As Clifford Chance gears up for its leadership election this autumn, names of potential nominees have started to emerge alongside talk of wider management structural reforms. The firm will hold its process later this year, with its incumbent Matthew Layton understood to be set to leave the firm entirely once his term ends. The former […]

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Mishcon’s fate lies in the hands of its junior partners

The news this week that Mishcon de Reya was seeking a listing may, on the face of it, appear a simple confirmation of a widely-anticipated event. However, the planned float is in no way a done deal, and executive chair Kevin Gold and managing partner James Libson need to persuade a lot of people outside […]

Roundtable: ethics in a successful business

Today’s GCs and in-house teams have a daily challenge in balancing the legal versus ethical conundrum: how do businesses seek competitive advantage, while creating an ethical business and managing their reputation in a world where the media, social or traditional has a louder voice than ever before. Mills & Reeve and The Lawyer gathered 14 […]

Roundtable: The future-proof legal department with Wolters Kluwer

It was a fitting setting as delegates gathered in the now-commonplace environment of Microsoft Teams to discuss the use of technology and the value it brings to in-house legal departments. Video-conferencing was one of the early novelties of the pandemic-era, as professionals everywhere abandoned face-to-face meetings and shifted online. Despite its drawbacks, video-conferencing is now […]

Innovating for growth: Designing a digital services strategy

Matheson’s head of digital services Tom Connor shares his insights into working as part of the senior management team to design, execute and lead the evolving digital transformation strategy at Ireland’s largest law firm.    The events of the past year have significantly altered the way in which many people and businesses think about how […]

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European Access Plan: Your gateway to business in the EU

On 24 December 2020, the UK officially left the European Union and, under the Brexit agreement, is now a third country to the EU, outside both the single market and customs union. The change means that UK-EU cross-border business activities are now subject to a number of trade barriers, including adjusted and strengthened border controls and additional administrative work.

Costs risk in appeals from the Irish tax appeals commission

The Finance (Tax Appeals) Act, 2015 introduced a new architecture for the hearing and determination of tax appeals. Amongst other changes, the Tax Appeals Commission (the “TAC”) replaced the Appeal Commissioners, with appeals directly to the High Court only on question(s) of law arising from the TAC’s determination (a ‘case stated’), rather than to the Circuit Court on the basis of a full rehearing of the tax appeal.

EAEU Treaty on trademarks comes into effect

The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Treaty on Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin of Goods came into effect on April 26, 2021. It serves as a foundation document for the formation of a regional system within EAEU territory.

Banking leaders discuss keeping pace with growth, digital transformation and driving operational efficiency

In a live webinar hosted by the Financial Times, Clare Hart, CEO of Williams Lea, joined two top operational leaders in the corporate and investment banking industry, David Sliney, Chief Operating Officer of investment bank, Stifel and Paul Poggi, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of specialist M&A advisor, Harris Williams, in a panel discussion on the intense pressure within corporate and investment banks to find better and more cost effective ways of running core support functions.

LISTed – April 2021

LISTed is the Maples Group’s industry newsletter from the global listings team. The Group’s global listings team is an acknowledged leader in listing services with specialist teams based in its Cayman Islands, Dublin, Hong Kong, Jersey, London and Luxembourg offices.

Driving innovation with data analytics

An accepted and growing trend across many businesses today, particularly in banking, legal, and professional services firms, is that data analytics drives business value. The challenge is in implementation. How can businesses use data in the best way to achieve tangible business success?