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Clifford Chance regains place on FCA’s £8.6m panel

Clifford Chance, Ashurst, DLA Piper and Dentons are among the firms that have secured a place on The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)’s latest £8.6m legal panel. The new, expanded panel is made up of 15 firms, with new appointments including Clyde & Co, Pinsent Masons and Mills & Reeve. Whereas previously the FCA had separate […]

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Vivo Energy appoints Barclays lawyer as new GC

Vivo Energy has filled its general counsel role with the hire of Barclays Bank’s former company secretary. Adrian de Souza joins the FTSE 250 company as GC from an interim role as company secretary and managing director at Barclays, a position he held between November 2018 to September 2019. Upon joining Vivo, on 27 July […]

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Clifford Chance wins UK Government mandate on EU trade talks

Clifford Chance will provide legal advice to the UK Government as it seeks to agree a trade deal with the European Union. The magic circle firm’s contract is worth £500,000, with a trade agreement due to be completed over the next couple of months. Linklaters, meanwhile, previously won a role advising the UK Government on […]

BT’s Openreach appoints new GC

BT’s digital network business Openreach has appointed a new general counsel (GC). Sophie Bouckaert has taken on the role of GC from Nigel Cheek. Bouckaert joined Openreach in 2010 and was part of the team that negotiated its telecommunications strategic review with Ofcom. She previously worked for Hogan Lovells in London and Brussels before heading […]

FRC names new general counsel

The UK Financial Reporting Counsel (FRC) has recruited Financial Services Compensation Scheme veteran Alex Kuczynski as its new general counsel. Kuczynski previously served as chief corporate affairs officer at The Financial Services Compensation Scheme’s (FSCS), where he was also director of corporate affairs and a board director, before leaving the company earlier this year. At […]

Barclays appoints new general counsel

Barclays has named its new general counsel as current legal chief Bob Hoyt prepares to step down after seven years in the role. Stephen Shapiro will succeed Bob Hoyt as Barclays’ GC on 1 August. He will will hold the top legal role at the bank in addition to his current role as group company […]

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Covid-19 case study: how Trinity Chambers tackled the digital challenge

The old saying goes that necessity is the mother of invention, and this has been starkly demonstrated within the legal industry over the past few weeks. ‘Necessity’ here is represented by the Covid-19 pandemic, and ‘invention’ by the rapid pace with which professionals have had to rethink the way that they operate while coping with […]

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What is employee advocacy, and how can it help you win?

Let’s say you found a new café that served the best coffee you’d ever had. You’d tell your friends about it, go there on dates, or use it for schmoozing clients right? This is an example of consumer/brand advocacy, which is the practice of supporting and expressing confidence in specific products and services. At its […]

Coronavirus Angola: Prevention measures applicable to the transport sector

Following the declaration of the Situation of Public Calamity in Presidential Decree 142/20 of 25 May, Joint Executive Decree 180/20 of 12 June was approved to establish the following rules applicable to domestic and international air travel undertaken during the Situation of Public Calamity. • Domestic air travel by passengers from Luanda begins on the […]

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 impact for Landlords

Introduction The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (the “Act”) was given royal assent on 25 June 2020 and has introduced a number of measures which will need to be considered by Landlords in situations where tenants are in arrears regarding sums due under a lease. The relevant provisions of the Act for Landlords are […]

Government guidance on showing football in licensed premises

The new guidance released by the Government for licensed premises seeking to re-open from 4 July deals with entertainment provided in premises, including showing broadcasts. Given that the football seasons across the leagues have been extended into the summer, with all Premier League matches on TV (as well as some matches being shown on terrestrial TV for the first time ever), showing football will no doubt be something many premises would like to do. We have considered the guidance in order to give an overview on the Government’s advice.

Impact on the management of employees

Should my company have a contingency plan? What measures should the plan include? Can I/should I isolate my employees, conduct health checks or questionnaires on their private life? Given the current situation, companies have to set up a contingency plan appropriate to the workplace and in accordance with the guidelines of the Health (“DGS”) and […]

Coronavirus job retention scheme: pensions aspects

When considering how to use the coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS), employers may be wondering what this means for pension contributions and auto-enrolment obligations. This update considers some of the issues. How the CJRS works To access the CJRS an employer will need to designate affected employees as furloughed workers, notify the employees of this […]

Leading and adapting in challenging times: managing a newly remote team

The dynamics of a previously high performing team will shift in response to the recent working from home directive. As leaders we need to understand the factors that will impact even the most resilient and high performing colleagues. It’s likely that high-performing employees may experience varying levels of performance and engagement when they begin working […]

Board decision making and virtual meetings

Company boards have ultimate legal responsibility for their organisations, so their ability to make decisions at the current time is of critical importance. The coronavirus pandemic is having an impact on how boards can discharge these responsibilities. Clearly remote board meetings are not a new concept but in the near term they will have to […]