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Why it is essential to design inclusive virtual workplaces

By Catherine Bardwell, Valeria Cardillo Piccolino Diversity and inclusion in the virtual workplace In recent years diversity and inclusion has become a mainstream topic for HR and large organisations. But regardless of how much advocates of diversity and inclusion (D&I) connect with the values, their efforts to bring change are often met with scepticism. The […]

A new Acritas report shows how COVID-19 has changed the future of legal work

By Acritas Due to COVID-19, the ensuing lockdowns and economic crisis have given many people a chance to reflect on their lives. Further, the dramatic switch to remote working for many professionals, including lawyers, has given additional pause, and many lawyers are now showing desire to keep the most positive aspects of the new remote […]

Company law reform – Changes planned to improve corporate transparency

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman, Jo Stephenson, Oliver Duke Towards the end of September 2020, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published its findings in relation to the consultation on corporate transparency and Companies House reform which it launched in May 2019. The response document contains an overview […]

Is now a good time to modernise AGMs?

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman, Jo Stephenson, Oliver Duke The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged UK quoted companies to change their approach to holding physical annual general meetings (AGMs). At a time when social distancing rules mean that the traditional approach to an AGM is no longer permitted, many companies have been […]


Tannenbaum launches London outpost

US firm Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt has launched in London, opening its first office outside New York. The firm’s founder Michael Tannenbaum said there was “tremendous appetite” in the UK-based hedge funds industry for specialised knowledge of the shifting regulatory environment and access to the US investment landscape. Barry Breen, a partner in the […]

Nabarro follows rivals’ lead with partnership alternative

The Newly renamed Nabarro is set to follow the market trend and introduce an alternative career path for associates for the 2007-08 financial year. The firm’s fee-earner liaison group is currently considering a draft proposal for the alternative path that has been put forward by the firm’s management. The liaison group, which is made up […]

Freshfields, Herbies bag emi-warner talks

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Herbert Smith are tipped to advise on takeover talks between EMI and Warner Music. The firms, which are advising the respective companies, are remaining tight-lipped on Warner’s takeover bid. Herbert Smith M&A specialist James Palmer is Warner’s relationship partner, while corporate partner Mark Rawlinson and competition partner Rachel Brandenburger manage the […]

Survey reveals poor ethics and compliance adherence

Companies are failing to implement safeguards to prevent ethics and compliance failures. Only 56 per cent of general counsel claimed to have the necessary policies in place to counter ethics and compliance risks, according to the European corporate compliance survey carried out by the Association of Corporate Counsel and Integrity Interactive. Paul Basson, president of […]

SJ Berwin bags role on bank transfer scheme

SJ Berwin‘s IT practice group has bagged the main role on a project to speed up the processing of bank transfers. By the end of 2007 bank transfers will take effect after several hours rather than days, thanks in part to the firm. SJ Berwin advised Apacs, the UK payments association representing 13 banks and […]

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