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Competition law – welcome guidance in a time of crisis

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published helpful guidance on how it will apply competition law in light of COVID-19. Meanwhile, the government has taken the unprecedented step of relaxing competition law in certain sectors. In the round, these developments offer welcome guidance and comfort – but they also serve as a timely reminder […]

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 […]

Cryptocurrencies: 2020 and beyond

As the global leader in alternative investment funds and one of the most innovative financial centres in the world, it is unsurprising that the Cayman Islands has quickly become a popular destination for cryptocurrency vehicles and initial coin offerings (ICOs).

UK Government to enhance FCA powers to facilitate LIBOR transition

The UK Government announced on 23 June 2020 that it intends to introduce new legislation to give the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) enhanced powers in circumstances where (i) LIBOR ceases to be representative of the market and (ii) its representativeness cannot and will not be restored. This is intended to solve the problem of “tough legacy” contracts by giving the FCA the power to protect consumers and market integrity in relation to those contracts (which the FCA envisage will be a “narrow band”).

Exiting the Covid-19 haze: assessing business operations in a crisis

In this article, we discuss some of the key areas of focus that business owners and managers should prioritise when undertaking an early assessment of business operations to ensure that productive functions are reflective of a new operating environment. This is especially important where Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to a significant change in the business model.

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Irvine's motives in question as record number takes silk

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Manchester merger to create giant chambers

Manchester chambers 24a St John Street and 28 St John Street are to merge. The two sets have made a declaration of intent to merge, after a substantial majority of tenants last week voted in favour of joining forces.28 St John Street has been in merger talks before. In September The Lawyer revealed it was […]

Greenwoods boosts PI with Barlows and Taylor Joynson raids

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