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Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Global business is increasingly familiar with the prospect of short-notice public investigatory attention, whether from regulators, law enforcement, political forces or as a consequence of sanctions, and this can – in in some cases – devastate individual and corporate reputation.

Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Despite the fact that the threat of an investigation alone can be enough to paralyse a business, early warning signs are often missed and businesses can mistake an investigation risk for a reputation risk. Those who handle serious issues well are able to triage the issue at an early stage and identify its potential impact, […]

Bill 64 marks a new direction in Quebec privacy law — Key takeaways for businesses

On September 22, 2021, the Quebec government adopted Bill 64, An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information, enacting significant changes to the requirements governing the use and protection of personal information under various statutes, including notably the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector and the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information.

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The economics behind the magic circle salary cuts

Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance turned heads this week by announcing salary cuts of 10 and 5.5 per cent respectively for newly-qualified (NQ) solicitors. However, a glance at the magic circle’s NQ data since 2007 shows that this is a predictable precaution and like most law firms in the City, they are expecting a […]

After 100 years, female barristers finally get their own outfitter

A Doughty Street junior has set up the first legal outfitter dedicated to designing courtwear for women. Karlia Lykourgou has set up Ivy & Normanton, which is named after Ivy Williams – the first woman to be called to the Bar in May 1922 and Helena Normanton, who was the second woman to be called. […]

Blackstone reveals trio of hires after recruitment pause

Three barristers have joined Blackstone Chambers, including a public law silk from Doughty Street. The set had paused targeted recruitment juniors but has now started to hire again with two joiners from Littleton Chambers and Cloisters. The set had also paused targeted recruitment of commercial juniors at the outset of the pandemic but this has […]

Fladgate to kick off redundancy consultation

Fladgate is looking to make redundancies as it weathers the economic disruption of the Covid-19 crisis on its business. The firm is starting a redundancy consultation process for members of its staff. It is not clear how many roles will be impacted by the process. In addition, it is understood that the firm has carried […]

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Hill Dickinson makes U-turn on pay cuts

Hill Dickinson has made a U-turn on extending pay cuts for staff. Last week, The Lawyer reported that the firm would be extending pay cuts – after implementing the policy for two months at the start of lockdown. However, The Lawyer understands the firm has now decided to backtrack on the policy, informing staff that […]

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