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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.


Watson Burton opens Leeds base

Watson Burton is poised to launch the firm’s first office outside its home city of Newcastle. As first revealed on (11 August), the hugely profitable 24-partner firm is expected to open an office in Leeds by the end of the year. Watson Burton senior partner Andrew Hoyle said the new office will initially focus […]

Andrew Milne: an apology

On 12th August, The apologised in court to solicitor Andrew Milne in respect of an article entitled “Zaiwallas in £1.2m profit share row with ex-managing partner” published on The from 22 February 1999 until 8 June 2004. The statement was made in proceedings for libel issued by Mr Milne. We apologised for reporting […]


Which City partner is packing in the law to go and run a pig farm?… Which City partner is packing in the law to go and run a pig farm?

Adam King: an apology

In the write-up of the ‘In-house Lawyer of The Year Award’, reference was made to the case brought by Adam King against the publishers of The Sunday Telegraph. In some references to this case it was suggested that Adam King had lost his claim, when, in fact, he had succeeded in obtaining substantial damages, costs […]

Ansons born as Hadens splits

West Midlands firm Hadens has almost halved in size following the departure of six partners to set up a rival firm. The team, led by senior partner Simon James, has launched Ansons LLP. It will specialise in commercial and private client work out of its Lichfield and Cannock offices. Ansons hopes to capitalise on economic […]

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