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Pinsents holds on to Eon work after sole provider review

Pinsent Masons will remain Eon’s sole UK legal provider until at least 2023 after the energy supplier renewed its five-year deal with the firm for a second time. This is the second prominent sole provider model that the firm has retained in 2018 following its March announcement that Balfour Beatty would be retaining its services […]

Shiseido GC leaves for US vape company

Shiseido Group’s general counsel Elaine Hutton has taken on a new role at San Francisco-headquartered e-cigarette company JUUL. Hutton is understood to be JUUL’s first European legal director in London and will act as the corporation’s associate general counsel. JUUL is a spin-off from Pax Labs, which started in 2017. It currently has more than half of […]

Lloyds Bank legal chief to balance new role with GC duties

Lloyds Banking Group general counsel Kate Cheetham has been handed responsibility for another side of the business, being put in charge of the company secretariat role alongside her existing legal position. Cheetham, who became group general counsel in May 2015, has taken on the company secretary role following the retirement of Malcolm Wood, who joined Lloyds […]

Hong Kong

Paul Hastings Hong Kong chair moves in-house for global GC role

Paul Hastings’ Hong Kong partner and office chair Steve Winegar has moved in-house, taking up a new role as international general counsel at Chinese insurance giant Ping An. The move will see Winegar returning to an in-house position in the financial sector. He joined Paul Hastings as a corporate partner in 2010 from Goldman Sachs, […]

HMRC

HMRC finds a new legal head from Defra

HM Revenue and Customs has appointed a new general counsel, taking on the legal director of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Alan Evans will take on the top legal role at HMRC on 1 January 2019, advising on all aspects of tax law and leading its litigation team. He will also be […]

Case studies

Latest in-house briefings

Employment: Quarterly case law updates

By Beth Jenkins and Paula Rome In this article, we take a look back through some key cases from the last three months and the lessons which we can learn from them. Discrimination In Ms A Gray V Mulberry Company (Design) Ltd the EAT held that an employer will not be discriminating on grounds of […]

Commercial Court dismisses allegations of fraud in connection with forex demo accounts

By Robin Henry, Jean-Martin Louw In a highly critical Commercial Court judgment, Mr Justice Knowles has described two investment funds’ allegations of fraud against a forex trading firm as “an elaborate and expensive, unmeritorious attempt” to “throw off their responsibility onto the shoulders of the defendants”. Background The claimants’ business model was to offer investors equity in […]

Latest development in Employment Law – November 2018

By Stuart McBride Read our updated A-Z of Employment Law, which sums up the latest developments to November 2018. This quarter’s edition includes: Brexit, the impact Employment contracts post Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive v Anderson UK Corporate Governance Code Criminal record checks and barring CEO and ethnicity pay-gap reporting

Gender pay gap reporting – The hidden consequences

By Angharad Schell With fewer than six months until the next gender pay gap reporting deadline, employers need to start thinking about their reporting obligations. There has rarely been a time with more focus on gender inequality issues, in the wake of #metoo and high profile pay disputes. Last year, there was significant press focus […]

The real Living Wage vs National Living Wage

By Tania Goodman, Bethany Mevrick A rise in the real Living Wage was announced this week, with around 180,000 workers set to receive a pay boost as a result. The real Living Wage is a voluntary scheme that pays employees by reference to the real cost of living. It was designed by the Living Wage […]

Use of plastic in the food and drink industry

With the coming to prominence of environmental concerns around plastic – particularly single-use and difficult-to-recycle plastic – the food and drink sector is already being challenged to review its use of plastic. Further challenge is brought by a wave of regulation. Shortly after the European Commission proposed the introduction of a Single Use Plastic Directive, […]

Employment Essentials – October 2018

By Jane Fielding, Connie Cliff Gowling WLG’s employment, labour & equalities experts pick October’s top five employment law developments that may affect your business. 1. Budget 2018 Employment implications: the what and when 2. Whistleblowing: NEDs personally liable to whistleblower for post dismissal losses 3. Employer’s vicarious liability in the 21st century 4. Disability discrimination: job description not in itself […]

State of cyber security in Canada

By Brent J. Arnold A report released by the Canadian Senate on Oct. 29, 2018, provocatively titled: Cyber.assault: It should keep you up at night, raises alarm about the state of cyber security in Canada, and calls for the creation of a new federal ministry to fend off cyber attacks. The report, originally mandated for release […]

How AI will transform the financial services sector

By Christopher N. Alam In August, 2018, The World Economic Forum (“WEF”) published a report, The New Physics of Financial Services, that looks at how AI will transform the financial services sector. The report discusses how matters will change in terms of relationships between participants in the financial industry and addresses a number of issues around […]

Machine learning: A vital tool for surviving the data deluge

By Kevin Shergold, Vijay Rathour, Nick Rich The reality of modern investigative practice is a tsunami of data, and less time or budget to get to the truth than ever before. Traditional linear review, even augmented by full text search, is no longer adequate for the task. How machine learning works Fortunately, computer hardware has advanced to the […]

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