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LMI analysis: Accenture

Reaping the rewards of a diversification strategy and the will to invest, Accenture boasted record revenue of $31bn (£24bn) in 2015, an 11 per cent increase on the previous year. The global consultancy, technology services and outsourcing giant also delivered new bookings of $34.4bn and returned $3.8bn to its shareholders. This strong performance continued into 2016 and, after raising its full-year revenue forecast following a successful Q1, there seems no stopping the Dublin-headquartered company.

Star legal writers: company and commercial

This week’s briefings include tips on in absentia signing powers for a holiday free from office interruptions, and six reasons why companies must master the new EU data protections rules

Howard Ricklow, partner, Collyer Bristow

Star legal writers: Company/commercial

Beware loopholes in instant dismissal and contractual T&Cs, find out key features of the Singapore International Commercial Court, and the progress being made for whistleblowers – just some of this week’s top briefings coverage from the company/commercial sector.

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Star legal writers in company and commercial

This week we have scrutinised the popular briefings section on TheLawyer.com to bring you the most-read legal writers in commercial and excerpts from their articles. Read on for the dos and don’ts of business negotiation, the importance of strong ethics in GCs and more… 1. Ruth Griffin, principal associate, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co – […]

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Italy: Diversity strategy

Italian M&A activity has hit a rough patch, forcing law firms to look for alternative sources of revenue In July 2012 Italian lawyers from Orsingher Ortu watched in disbelief as three big deals all fell through in the space of a week. Mario Ortu, head of Orsingher Ortu’s corporate and M&A group, witnessed the effect […]

Featured Briefings

UK and Germany – A new post-Brexit partnership

For decades, Germany has been one of the biggest foreign investors in the UK. While the British love to talk about their ‘special relationship’ with the United States, there is now every chance that, in a post-Brexit world, Germany will become the UK’s new priority…

Over half of UK SMEs still unfamiliar with GDPR

18% of businesses say fines would put them at risk of insolvency Some 55% of UK small businesses are still not familiar with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) despite its introduction being now less than a year away…

Court confirms breach of contract despite absence of negligence

By Daniel Wood The Supreme Court has handed down judgment in the high-profile case of MT Højgaard v E.ON Climate & Renewables. The Supreme Court has overturned the Court of Appeal’s decision and – in so doing – has provided useful clarification in respect of various important principles… …In this decision, the Supreme Court was willing […]

Ireland’s data protection bill: circuit court to confirm fines

…Head 80 of the General Scheme states that where a controller or processor is fined and does not appeal a decision to the Data Protection Commission, then the Commission will apply to the Circuit Court for confirmation of the fine. The Head goes on to state that the Circuit Court must then confirm the fine […]

Romania – mandatory e-mailboxes for professionals?

The Romanian Senate adopted a draft law regarding the “electronic headquarters of economic operators” (the “Draft Law “). The Draft Law regulates the mandatory use by professionals of predefined electronic mailboxes (e-mails), as identification element and means of receiving correspondence. Similar legal provisions are already in force in certain countries in the CEE/SEE region, such […]

Housing white paper – ‘unprecedented steps’

By Hugh Richards The Government has published its Housing White Paper “Fixing Our Broken Housing Market”. It will be recalled that in his speech to the party conference in October 2016, the Secretary of State, Sajid Javid, called for “unprecedented steps” to increase the delivery of new homes – his “number one priority” and a […]

UK trade policy in the New Trump Order

A major plank of Trump’s candidacy was that of trade protection of US industry. Contrast that with the situation in the UK, where the current UK government continues to promote a free and open trade policy. It is not surprising, therefore, that little consideration in post-(hard) Brexit discussions has been given to the future of […]

Enforcing foreign judgments in Switzerland – a Q&A

Dieter A Hofmann and Oliver M Kunz Treaties Is your country party to any bilateral or multilateral treaties for the reciprocal recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments? What is the country’s approach to entering into these treaties and what if any amendments or reservations has your country made to such treaties? Switzerland is party to […]

Can Brexit UK remain in the UP and UPC system?

An Opinion, by English barristers Richard Gordon QC and Tom Pascoe, has been published considering the effect of Brexit (i.e. departure from the EU) upon the Unitary Patent (UP) Regulation and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) Agreement. Can the UK remain involved in the UP and UPC system? In summary, it was concluded that, upon Brexit, the […]

New monitoring process for cross-border transactions of Ukrainian residents

In August 2016, the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) adopted a package of regulations, which from 1 September 2016 introduce significant changes to the scope and procedure for local banks to monitor the cross-border financial transactions of Ukrainian residents. Among the new measures is the Regulation on Analysis and Verification by Banks of Documents and Information on Financial […]

The shareholders are revolting

In scenes that took us back to the ‘shareholder spring’ of 2012, April 2016 saw several instances where shareholders revolted against perceived boardroom excess by voting against proposed remuneration packages for executives. ‘Last chance saloon’ In particular on 14 April 2016 almost 60% of BP’s shareholders voted against a £14m pound pay package for its CEO. Since then […]

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