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Ireland Update – Use of Electronic Signatures on Regulatory Documents and Forms

In a statement published on 24 August 2020, the Central Bank of Ireland (the “Central Bank”) confirmed to regulated firms that its policy regarding the use of electronic signatures is that, in the absence of any specific legal provisions to the contrary, regulated firms may use electronic signatures in submitting regulatory documents and forms to […]

The rise of legal platforms and why they matter

In the past, I have spoken about the possibility of a tsunami of change within the legal industry. It is something I have been carefully watching for several years and things now seem to be rapidly accelerating.

Protected disclosures: update for employers in Ireland

The recent High Court decision of John Clarke v. CGI Food Services Limited and CGI Holding Limited [2020] IEHC 368 demonstrates the broad scope of the definition of protected disclosures under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014.


A&O bulks up mainland China offering

Underscoring its current focus on mainland China, Allen & Overy (A&O) has moved to relocate four of its Hong Kong-based lawyers to Beijing while hiring a senior associate for its Shanghai office. David Cox will join the magic circle firm as a senior banking associate in Shanghai from Australian firm Minter Ellison. This pushes up […]

Mayer Brown suffers as A&O ramps up New York

Allen & Overy has further ramped up its New York office with the hire of two partners from Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw. Mark Wojciechowski will join the firm as partner and head of North American leveraged finance, accompanied by fellow leveraged finance partner Andrew Mattei. A&O’ global banking head Mike Duncan said: “The leveraged […]

Asteral hire starts ball rolling for legal capability

Managed equipment service provider Asteral has hired a project finance lawyer from Lovells, its first dedicated in-house lawyer. Antoinette Keane, who will report to managing director David Rolfe, will work on procurement negotiations and manage relationships with law firms and banks. “The growth [of the company] means we need a dedicated in-house function,” said Rolfe. […]

DLA Piper sets 150-lawyer target for Germany offices

DLA Piper sets 150-lawyer target for Germany offices” />DLA Piper is embarking on an ambitious growth strategy in Germany, drawing up plans to boost its number of lawyers in the region by 50 per cent. The firm currently has 100 lawyers in Germany, but regional managing partner Ulrich Juengst has plans to hit 150 through […]

FTSE100 set to demand diversity stats for panels

The Law Society will launch a diversity charter in October that will make FTSE100 companies force law firms to provide diversity data before being appointed to panels. The society held two meetings on 10 and 31 July with representatives from Baker & McKenzie, Clifford Chance, Eversheds, Slaughter and May, British Airways, National Grid and Royal […]

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