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A word about sustainability

It is perhaps better to consider Sustainability in business as a continuum. What does this mean?

Business and HR professionals must avoid getting things wrong when they are right

By Nick McEwen The coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic crisis has brought with it the inevitable consequence of high levels of redundancies as organisation after organisation struggles to survive in the current economic climate. When a business finds itself in the unenviable position of having to make some of their employees redundant, HR professionals […]

Brexit: The final countdown to secure your workforce

By Tijen Ahmet In just 11 weeks, the UK is set to leave the EU, meaning now is the time for businesses to make any final preparations. On 31 December 2020, free movement will come to an end: a cause for concern for sectors such as construction, hospitality and leisure that rely on EU migrant […]

Why metadata matters in ediscovery

Metadata is data that summarizes other data. Every file saved on a computer includes some basic information about the file, enabling the computer’s operating system to be able to deal with it. The application in use (e.g., Microsoft Word) creates this behind-the-scenes information describing the information contained on a webpage, email, document, or electronic file. […]


Slaughters beats Linklaters to American Express acquisition

Slaughter and May has sidelined Linklaters and won instructions from American Express (Amex) on its acquisition of Threadneedle Asset Management. Amex is now expected to go on a European spending spree. This is Slaughters’ first corporate deal for the company after years of advising Amex on regulatory issues. Linklaters has previously advised on most corporate […]

Ex-Bird & Bird lawyer lands Beckham deal

David Beckham’s transfer to Real Madrid has been handled by a former Bird & Bird lawyer who is now in-house at the footballer’s agents SFX. Legal counsel Sam Rush told The Lawyer that he is flying out to Madrid with the England captain on 30 June to sign contracts and will formalise his transfer to […]

Third Linklaters man jumps ship to Shearmans

Shearman & Sterling‘s London office has taken on another former Linklaters lawyer. John Schmidt, a senior associate in competition who has experience in several areas, including EU, UK, German and multijurisdictional merger control, spent five years in Brussels at his former firm before returning to London in 2002. First revealed on 17 June

Paull & Williamsons appoints ex-BP man

Scottish firm Paull & Williamsons has bolstered its energy expertise with the hire of Bruce McLeod, who has joined as a partner after eight years’ commercial and legal experience with BP. At BP, McLeod was commercial operations manager for the Northern business unit, where he led a team responsible for negotiations and economic analyses for […]

Finance deals round-up

Herbert Smith (Dina Albagli) advised Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) on its issue from its master trust Mound Financing, raising £2.26bn for the bank and an increase in trust property to £7.5bn. Shepherd + Wedderburn acted for HBOS on issues relating to Scottish law. Citigroup acted as sole arranger with Credit Suisse First Boston as […]

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