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Why it is essential to design inclusive virtual workplaces

By Catherine Bardwell, Valeria Cardillo Piccolino Diversity and inclusion in the virtual workplace In recent years diversity and inclusion has become a mainstream topic for HR and large organisations. But regardless of how much advocates of diversity and inclusion (D&I) connect with the values, their efforts to bring change are often met with scepticism. The […]

A new Acritas report shows how COVID-19 has changed the future of legal work

By Acritas Due to COVID-19, the ensuing lockdowns and economic crisis have given many people a chance to reflect on their lives. Further, the dramatic switch to remote working for many professionals, including lawyers, has given additional pause, and many lawyers are now showing desire to keep the most positive aspects of the new remote […]

Company law reform – Changes planned to improve corporate transparency

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman, Jo Stephenson, Oliver Duke Towards the end of September 2020, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published its findings in relation to the consultation on corporate transparency and Companies House reform which it launched in May 2019. The response document contains an overview […]

Is now a good time to modernise AGMs?

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman, Jo Stephenson, Oliver Duke The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged UK quoted companies to change their approach to holding physical annual general meetings (AGMs). At a time when social distancing rules mean that the traditional approach to an AGM is no longer permitted, many companies have been […]

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Careers: in brief

The Newton Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year Awards were held last Wednesday (20 October) at Rudding House in Harrogate, with DLA’s Robin Smith picking up both the top prize of Lawyer of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement Award. Smith was described as “one of the people who put Leeds on the legal map”. He […]

Piper and DLA put capital markets at top of agenda

Merger suitors DLA and Piper Rudnick have issued a battle cry to finance practices in London and New York after announcing plans to attack capital markets following their anticipated December merger. Management from both firms last week revealed plans to target corporate finance and capital markets in both New York and London. It is understood […]

Deacons, White & Case settle before appeal

Deacons has settled its longstanding litigation against White & Case and the firm’s former partners Mark Fairbairn and Edward Cairns just two weeks before the appeal hearing was due to start (first revealed on www.thelawyer.com, 25 October). An appeal by both sides was due to be heard by the Hong Kong High Court in early November. […]

Walker Morris wins £2m for Cleveland Bridge

Walker Morris has scored a victory in the High Court on behalf of client Cleveland Bridge in the Wembley Stadium litigation. The steelworks company had sued contractors Multiplex for breach of contract in June following the successful erection of the new signature arch. A decision handed down last week ordered Multiplex to pay Cleveland Bridge […]

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