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Balfour Beatty GC resurfaces at Aldermore Bank

Former Balfour Beatty general counsel Jonathan Lagan has landed in the top legal role at Aldermore Bank. Lagan joins the FTSE 250 bank after a short spell at the construction giant. At Aldermore, Lagan will be responsible for all legal issues and risk including leading the legal and company secretarial teams, and will work with […]


Cuts expected as Sainsbury’s panel process gets underway

Sainsbury’s is kickstarting a review of its £10m-a-year legal panel and is likely to axe  the number of external firms it uses. “We’ve got an insanely competitive retail market at the moment and a lot of retailers are under a lot of pressure – and we’re no different,” said legal services director Nick Grant. “It’s […]


The Virus Diaries: Sainsbury’s legal chief on a “huge test of team resilience”

“The coronavirus is a Black Swan event that pressure-tests everything,” says Sainsbury’s legal services director Nick Grant. “It’s been a pretty intensive two weeks.” The week before lockdown, Sainsbury’s and the rest of the supermarket sector provided the backdrop to a social-behaviour test case as thousands of customers stockpiled essential items, disrupting everyday logistics and […]

Ex-Superdry GC lands new role at betting giant William Hill

The former general counsel of retailer Superdry had landed a new role at betting company William Hill. Simon Callander, who had been at Superdry for just over two years and departed the company in early 2020, started at William Hill on the 16 March. Upon his departure from Superdry, Ruth Daniels joined the retailer as […]

World Athletics on the hunt for new GC

World Athletics, the international governing body for the sport, is seeking a new general counsel. The role will be based in Monaco, where World Athletics (WA) has staff of over 90, representing 21 nationalities. Lord Sebastian Coe, a former track and field athlete, was reelected as its president last year, having first taken on the mantle […]

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Addleshaws signs up to “next generation lawyer” pilot

Addleshaw Goddard has signed up to an O-shaped lawyer pilot, aimed at instilling the next generation of lawyers with skills that go beyond legal. Director of AG Consulting Greg Bott is running the six-month O-shaped lawyer pilot alongside Network Rail general counsel Dan Kayne, who conceived the initiative in early 2019 and has since invited […]

O2’s head of disputes on flexible working in a booming industry

Mobile operator O2 (Telefónica UK) announced its plans for an Open Radio Access Network (OpenRAN) in January, working towards greater standardisation in the functionality of mobile networks for the telecom giant. While the wider team focuses on the launch of O2’s OpenRAN network, its litigation arm – led by Sophie Service – will be focused […]

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Turkey: Paid and unpaid leave applications due to the coronavirus

I. PAID LEAVE APPLICATIONS DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS The employer may give the employees paid leave in the event of compulsory reasons. Since the annual paid leave is considered within the employer’s right to management according to the provisions of the Labor Code, the approval of the employee is not a necessity. According to the […]

Ontario announces legislation to assist workers during Covid-19 pandemic

On March 16, 2020, Ontario’s provincial government announced that it will draft legislation that will protect workers and their families during the global COVID-19 outbreak. The proposed legislation would provide job protection for employees unable to work for a number of reasons. These reasons are as follows: The employee is under medical investigation, supervision or […]

Government of Jersey provides much-needed support to island businesses

The Government of Jersey has introduced a series of measures to help provide much-needed support to Island businesses during this challenging period. These include: £50 million in a new Jersey Disruption Loan Guarantee Scheme, to provide Government guaranteed bank lending and overdrafts to businesses; A Special Situations Fund to support larger businesses; Consideration to be […]

BVI Commercial Court holding virtual hearings amidst Covid-19 pandemic

By Mark J. Forte At this time of great uncertainty, we hope it is useful to offer you an update on the operation of the BVI litigation market. The BVI Commercial Court has introduced proactive measures to ensure minimal interruption to its operations, whilst ensuring public health is not jeopardized. BVI has therefore moved to […]

Inadvertent e-mail contracts

Commercial Dispute Resolution specialist, Senior Associate Kathryn Vickers, reports on Athena v Superdrug [1], the latest case to highlight the risks of doing business informally over e-mail, and offers good practice advice for businesses.

What happens next if shopping centre landlord goes under?

On top of the multiple challenges hitting retail and leisure landlords and occupiers arising from COVID-19, the news that Intu has had to write down the value of its shopping centre portfolio by nearly £2 billion came as further bad news. Intu owns multiple high-profile retail and leisure locations across the UK (including The Trafford […]

5 top tips for working remotely

By James Lo In the office, you probably have all the technology you need at your fingertips. Now you’re out of the office, you might not be aware of the range of tools already available to help you get work done. So, we’ve come up with some top tips for how you can use HighQ […]

Information about export restrictions related to COVID-19

According to the European Foreign Trade and Payments Regulation, the European Commission can make the export of a product dependent on the submission of an export license in order to prevent or counteract a crisis situation due to a lack of essential goods. In the context of the corona crisis, a similar measure was adopted […]

4 Tips for taking control of a growing contract portfolio

By Andy Silverman As your contract portfolio grows, it can become more and more difficult to keep up with contract deadlines, understand which contracts are adding unnecessary risk to your business, or even know where all of your agreements are located. IBM suggests that Fortune 1000 companies manage an average of 20k to 40k contracts at […]

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