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The future of work in a pandemic era

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all facets of life as we know it, forcing immediate recalibrations of how we work and live. Today, industries across the globe are considering the future of work in a pandemic era, making difficult decisions with the best information on hand, against various unknowns. They know that reopening and perhaps even redefining the workplace means successfully working through incredible uncertainty.

What does the future hold for cybersecurity?

With any security policy now and in the future, leaders need to remember the fundamentals of what they are trying to achieve. Everyone wants their business to do well and be successful, and that means protecting data, while keeping business critical systems up and running efficiently. Already today, we’re putting a focus on security – and have seen new compliance laws in relation to that. Requiring compliance with regulation is just one way of trying to force the market to adopt minimum acceptable standards. But this is just that – the minimum – and every business leader needs to aim higher than that level.

Financial services investigations and enforcement monthly round up

A round-up of recent enforcement actions and investigations in the financial services sector. This month in summary: FCA publishes Decision Notice against Corrado Abbattista for market manipulation ICO fines company £130,000 for unauthorised pensions cold calls FCA publicly censures former Worldspreads CEO for market misconduct FCA scraps half its criminal probes into money-laundering breaches   FCA publishes Decision Notice against Corrado Abbattista for market manipulation.


BOC to launch first MBA for in-house counsel

Global industrial gases group BOC is poised to launch the UK’s first ever MBA designed specifically for in-house lawyers. BOC is planning to launch the MBA-style course, which is the brainchild of group legal director and company secretary Nick Deeming, later this year. “As an in-house lawyer you can end up looking like your external […]

Barclays takes new deputy general counsel from Gibson Dunn

Barclays has boosted its in-house team with the appointment of a corporate finance partner from Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Judith Shepherd joins the bank as deputy general counsel reporting directly to general counsel Mark Harding. She will work alongside Jeremy Ogden, also deputy general counsel and head of UK banking legal and compliance. Harding said: […]

CC and New Zealand’s Chapman Tripp cosy up with Tokyo corporate hire

Clifford Chance has strengthened its strategic alliance with New Zealand M&A firm Chapman Tripp by hiring star partner Paul O’Regan as its new head of corporate in Tokyo. O’Regan, who has been a partner with Chapman Tripp for 25 years, will relocate from Wellington, New Zealand, to take up a newly created post at the […]

Power shift

The changing European commercial real estate market is stealing a march on the US, with Basle II, German banks’ divestment and new funds investing driving the shift, says Conor Downey Traditionally the European commercial real estate market has been dominated by European banks lending either in their own jurisdictions or on a cross-border basis. Many […]

Harris Hagan lures ex-Shadow Gaming Minister

Niche gaming firm Harris Hagan has hired of former Shadow Gaming Minister and qualified barrister Nick Hawkins. Hawkins, a Conservative MP between 1992 and 2005, also held the roles of Shadow Solicitor-General and Shadow Home Office Minister during his time in the House of Commons. He left the front bench in 2004 and served on […]

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