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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 […]

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Herbies claims Eurotunnel arbitration victory

Herbert Smith scored a historic victory for Eurotunnel but also law firms seeking to do advocacy, in the first big international arbitration ruling against western governments. The decision, apart from ruling against the British and French governments to the tune of £30m, was also the first major international arbitration to be made public where solicitors […]

SIF finds replacement chairman

The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) has recruited former Davies Arnold Cooper managing partner David McIntosh as chair. McIntosh has been appointed to replace Paul Marsh, who recently retired from the SIF board. His appointment comes as the SIF prepares to start returning £25.1m in contributions to the profession. The payment, which must be madebefore 30 […]

Former Bird & Bird chair plots passage to India

The former chairman of Bird & Bird Hamish Sandison will now plot the firm’s entry into India after standing down last week. Sandison stood down ahead of the firm’s elections because of his desire for the firm to elect a non-UK-based chairman. He has been replaced by Sweden managing partner Michael Frie. “I’ve argued for […]

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