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Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Global business is increasingly familiar with the prospect of short-notice public investigatory attention, whether from regulators, law enforcement, political forces or as a consequence of sanctions, and this can – in in some cases – devastate individual and corporate reputation.

Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Despite the fact that the threat of an investigation alone can be enough to paralyse a business, early warning signs are often missed and businesses can mistake an investigation risk for a reputation risk. Those who handle serious issues well are able to triage the issue at an early stage and identify its potential impact, […]

Bill 64 marks a new direction in Quebec privacy law — Key takeaways for businesses

On September 22, 2021, the Quebec government adopted Bill 64, An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information, enacting significant changes to the requirements governing the use and protection of personal information under various statutes, including notably the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector and the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information.

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North West housing association collective names panel of 10

Six housing associations in the North West of ­England have completed their first-ever joint legal panel, with 10 national and ­regional firms appointed. Anthony Collins, Berrymans Lace Mawer, Brabners Chaffe Street, Cobbetts, ­Coffin Mew, Devonshires, Forbes, Howarth Goodman, Mace & Jones and Weightmans have all won places on the Generate Group framework. The firms will […]

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Pre-merger Mourant focuses on India as economic development ‘moves east’

Offshore firm Mourant du Feu & Jeune is planning a new strategy to focus on IPOs and corporate structures emanating from India.   The firm, which will merge with Ozannes in May to become the third-largest offshore firm by ­partner numbers, is undertaking the strategy following a trip by two of its partners to Mumbai […]

Aussie firm Blake Dawson opens in Tokyo

Australian firm Blake Dawson has officially opened in Tokyo, becoming one of the first Australian firms to open an office in Japan. As first revealed by The Lawyer (13 November 2009), Blake Dawson decided to open a Japanese office as part of a strategy that favours Asia over Europe. Outside its six domestic offices, the […]

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Focus: Top 30 us firms in London, Inner-City blues

Despite positive noises regarding London prospects, the past year has been just as tough on the big US players as it has on their domestic rivals The financial data for the top 30 US firms paints a bleak picture of the legal industry in 2009, with a total of 21 firms posting year-on-year losses at their […]

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Former BLP partner Veneik “sullied” profession, tribunal finds

Former Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) partner Vinay Veneik sullied the reputation of the legal profession through misuse of client monies, according to recent findings by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT). While at BLP commercial property lawyer Veneik neglected to pay stamp duty and Land Registry fees relating to eight transactions for one client – in […]

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