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Employment Law Focus: Unconscious bias

Unconscious bias is a growing legal issue for employers. It’s widely regarded as a barrier to equality, diversity and inclusion, and employment tribunals are looking more closely at motivation and bias in discrimination and harassment cases.

Termination for insolvency: how can suppliers protect their position?

Suppliers can no longer rely on contractual terms entitling them to terminate a contract on the grounds of a corporate customer’s insolvency (ipso facto clauses) in most cases. This prohibition was introduced by the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act which came into force on 26 June 2020 (the Act). This briefing looks at the changes suppliers may need to make to their contracts, as well as to their credit and enforcement strategies, in light of this prohibition.

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Dechert’s partnership dwindles further

Dechert’s string of partner losses has lengthened after a London corporate partner opted to join Reading firm Pitmans. Janice Wall will leave at the end of this month. Her exit follows that of insurance partner James Lewis, who left for LeBoeuf Lamb Green & MacRae in March. Prior to Lewis’s decision to leave, Charles Brown, […]

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A fortnight ago we trailed this year’s The Lawyer 100 survey with an early-doors glimpse of the top 50. Now most of the figures are out, and the full glory, or disaster, of this year’s performance is almost ready to be released. But before the full end-of-term report comes out – which is bigger and […]

5 Fountain Court leaps up rankings with double-digit turnover bonanza

Birmingham’s 5 Fountain Court is likely to find itself propelled into the upper echelons of the UK’s biggest-billing chambers this year after reporting a 21.3 per cent lift in turnover. 5 Fountain Court, the UK’s largest barristers’ chambers, notched up £21m for the last financial year, compared with £17.3m in the previous 12 months. The […]

Slaughters IP/TMT head takes a year out stateside

Slaughter and May’s head of IP and co-leader of technology, media and telecoms (TMT) is taking a year-long sabbatical as opposed to the magic circle firm’s usual three-month leave. Nigel Swycher is heading to California for 12 months of “work, leisure and study”, with his break beginning in August. Slaughters’ US best friend Davis Polk […]

CC, Freshfields snubbed on key asset finance panel

In a development that has caused consternation in the asset finance market, Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have been overlooked for the export credit agencies’ (ECAs) first ever joint aviation legal panel. Instead, the successful firms are Allen & Overy, Denton Wilde Sapte, Lovells, Norton Rose and White & Case. Nine firms are understood […]

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