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Startup Series – II – Building Your Company

I. INTRODUCTION TO BUILDING COMPANY FOR STARTUPS In the first article of our startup series, we have mentioned crowdfunding, which is a contemporary and interesting topic, and dwelled on the conditions of using crowdfunding as an alternative financing source in your company. For the second article of our series, we want to turn our course back a little bit, to the period when your ideas and your startup are slowly maturing. One of the most important questions in mind during the initial period when there is no legal entity yet when there is just you and perhaps your partner, your opinion and effort are undoubtedly “Will we establish a company?”

Why now is the time for a first-class outsourced switchboard

Where others see obstacles, let us see opportunities. Now we are starting to move back into our offices, we’re all looking for ways to make improvements and savings. Especially with additional measures in place to receive staff and visitors. Here is how outsourcing your switchboard can greatly improve your front of house team. And ultimately, your firm’s operations.

Employers should prepare for long-term changes to the world of work

There are of course many negatives arising from the crisis presented by COVID-19. However, there could be real benefits for businesses and their staff if we take some of the opportunities that have been presented and do not just look to revert to the old ways of doing things.


Tess Kelly, Bank of England

As head of legal for financial stability at the Bank of England, Theresa (Tess) Kelly is one of the lead lawyers right at the heart of Brexit-related challenges. For some, that might not be the most enviable place to be. For Kelly, as well as the team she has built, the proximity to the historic […]

Sabine Chalmers, BT

Sabine Chalmers can raise a toast to 2019; the GC at BT has made it through a year of reformation. Having been out of the country for 23 years, she landed in London in April to take on the GC mantle from Dan Fitz. The climate was somewhat frosty – BT had announced that it […]

Jonathan Peacock QC, 11 New Square

As one of the most in-demand tax barristers on the circuit today, Jonathan Peacock QC is tackling some of the biggest disputes in the world. From representing a trio of BBC presenters on a dispute with the broadcasting entity that could lead to a deluge of cases, depending on the outcome, to cross-border issues extending […]


Claire Blakemore, Withers

Withers family partner Claire Blakemore has a thriving practice. What put her on this year’s Hot 100 list was her leadership and contribution in transforming Withers’ London office. Following her promotion to the London managing director role at the end of 2016, one of her major projects was the office move – a two-year process. Blakemore […]

Michael Bates Clifford Chance

Michael Bates, Clifford Chance

Michael Bates has already come to wide notice as a banking dealmaker and latterly managing partner of Clifford Chance’s London office. However, his inclusion in the Hot 100 recognises his imaginative leadership of two important projects for the global firm: the acquisition of Carillion’s legal operations hub in Newcastle, and the agenda-setting approach to gender […]

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