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BCM – Recovery & Beyond

A business continuity plan is an essential tool for ensuring a business will survive a business impacting incident. 75% of companies without a business continuity plan will fail within 3 years of their first major incident and 20% of companies will suffer from a fire, flood, terrorism, power outage, roof damage or theft in any […]

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A panel comprised of General Counsels from a mix of FTSE 100 blue chip corporations to high growth companies, offering a great blend of cultures and leadership styles discuss the characteristics of a good leader and share their refreshingly honest personal stories of leadership.

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Hutton Inquiry star quits CC for Field Fisher

Clifford Chance’s Martin Smith has quit the firm where he made his name working on the Hutton Inquiry to join Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) as a partner. Clifford Chance’s head of public policy practice Michael Smyth, who sent Smith to work on full-time secondment to the Inquiry, said that he had lost a good lawyer […]

£700m Abacha dispute finally gets to be heard

After five years in limbo, the £700m dispute over funds transferred to the family of the late Nigerian dictator General Sani Abacha finally comes to court this week. A two-day case management conference starting today(1 November) will determine security for costs and introduce a new party to the dispute, which has already cost several million pounds in […]

Rental market saturates as top City firms try to offload space

A slew of law firms has returned excess office space to the rental market while rental prices are still rock-bottom, after overestimating their spatial needs. Hammonds is trying to sublet 10,000sq ft at Devonshire Square, while Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer wants to offload 17,900sq ft over three floors at 22 Tudor Street. The Freshfields space was previously sublet to Berwin […]

Liable to change

The face of accessorial liability is changing, but many questions remain unanswered. Bajul Shah reports on Criterion Properties v Stratford UK Properties The landscape of accessorial liability has changed dramatically in the past 10 years. Few areas of equitable principles have seen as much judicial development as those governing dishonest assistance – where a defendant […]

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Bevan Ashford completes demerger

Bevan Ashford’s twin arms formally demerge today (1 November), creating Bevan Brittan – the firm’s legacy Bristol, Birmingham and London arm – and Ashfords – the Exeter, Plymouth and London side of the operation. At the same time, it has emerged that Ashfords will open its own offices in Bristol with a key hire from […]

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