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Hogan Lovells’ adult viewing moment: embarrassing on so many levels

Red faces aplenty at Hogan Lovells last week when a partner was filmed enjoying adult material on his work computer during daytime hours. But not just because a partner spent valuable fee-earning time accessing sexual content; as a policy issue, it has raised questions about why internet controls were not consistent across the firm’s global network.   Prior to the incident, Hogan Lovells’ internet controls varied across jurisdictions, […]

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Four things the Comcast deal tells us about City M&A

Over the weekend, nearly two years of tussling for UK media giant Sky came to an end when Comcast’s £30bn bid trumped 21st Century Fox.

But while magic circle firms maintain only they can act on big-ticket M&A, the variety of advisers on call was striking. Here’s what we learned.

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Slovenia – Cryptocurrency services to prevent money-laundering

By Anže Skodlar Crypto assets and among them cryptocurrencies, which this article focuses on, have proven themselves as an eminent opportunity in many aspects of the new digital economy, giving birth to new innovative enterprises and enabling exchange of value in a decentralized manner. This is also evident in Slovenia, being a well-known hub of successful […]

Establishment of innovation scientific and technological centres in Russia and other incentives for participants

By Yana Dianova Since August 10, 2017, the Federal Law of July 29, 2017 No. 216-FZ has been in effect in Russia, providing for the legal basis for establishment and operation of innovation scientific and technological centres in order to implement the priorities of the scientific and technological development of the Russian Federation, increase the investment […]

Russia signs application of special economic measures due to unfriendly actions of Ukraine

By Yana Dianova On 22 October 2018, the President of the Russian Federation signed Decree No. 592 “On the application of special economic measures in connection with the unfriendly actions of Ukraine in relation to citizens and legal entities of the Russian Federation”, according to which the federal government bodies, local authorities, organizations and individuals under […]

Can your workplace deal with sexual harassment allegations?

By Paula Rome Although harassment is firmly front and centre in the media it would appear in a large number of workplaces there has been little practical impact. If we now have a newly empowered workforce who are willing to raise issues and employers are not dealing having to deal with issues then some employers […]

Transparency between trustee and settlor may reduce disputes

By Sally Edwards The issue of confidentiality in relation to trusts has been much discussed recently, with the introduction of reporting requirements such as the Common Reporting Standard. As with the introduction of customer due diligence requirements, while initially causing some consternation, the need to report appears to be gaining acceptance among settlors and beneficiaries […]

Workplace Pensions Reform

By Liz Wood, Ruth Ormston, Hannah Beacham Employers need to ensure that the pension schemes they use to discharge their workplace pension reform (automatic enrolment) obligations will be ready for the second and final increase in minimum contributions in April 2019, otherwise known as steady state. Our pension and employment experts consider what employers need to think about […]

Podcast: Crucial customs and border issues caused by protectionist laws and other barriers

By Ursula Johnston, Sean Giles To build on the findings from our whitepaper, Protectionism 2.0: Digital forces driving the new protectionist agenda, our latest podcast sees Gowling WLG’s Ursula Johnston and Sean Giles talk to national journalist Andrew Cave, a writer for the Daily Telegraph and Forbes magazine. The podcast explores the crucial customs and border issues […]

Donating money to UKIP might lead to a heavy tax bill

By Aidan Grant Aaron Banks attempted to use the European Convention on Human Rights to argue that HMRC was wrong to charge £163,000 in inheritance tax on certain donations he made to UKIP. Putting to one side the irony of a major backer of UKIP and Brexit using the ECHR to obtain a favourable tax position, […]

Tools and solutions for increasing access to international arbitration – An overview

By Malcolm Simpson, Gwendoline Davies, Nick Lees Parties have been concerned for some time about the length and cost of arbitration, and how these issues can be effectively controlled. This article considers the factors affecting accessibility, how arbitral institutions can help, and how the parties can help themselves; different available tools and innovative solutions that can be deployed […]

Guide for facing review fraud in online retail

By Gwendoline Davies Fake reviews have featured in the press a lot recently, but they are certainly not a new phenomenon and such practices have no doubt existed for as long as people have been reviewing products and services. However, the explosion of the online retail marketplace has made fake reviews a very lucrative business. At […]

Supreme Court – Sporting rights over land are capable of being easements

By Maria Connolly Purely sporting or recreational rights over land are capable of being easements, the Supreme Court has confirmed. In a judgment handed down today the Court held that, so long as such rights satisfy the four well-established characteristics of easements, there is no reason why they should not be easements (Regency Villas Title […]

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