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The skills that matter when it comes to remote working in the legal sector

By Jack Binns M.A. Businesses of all kinds have been shaken up over the course of 2020, and those in the legal sector are no exception. As things stand the future is far from clear but whatever happens going forward, it’s looking like remote work is here to stay for most. Working remotely, or telecommuting […]

Combating both a No-deal Brexit and coronavirus restrictions – How to keep ahead

By Nick McEwen UK Businesses are well aware that they are facing the double challenge of Brexit and coronavirus whilst standing on the shifting sands of the ever-changing government stances relating to the twin perils with the consequential effect on their ability to do business. Agility is the key to survival when even sound contingency […]

Impact on the management of tax and social security obligations

By Tiago Marreiros Moreira, João Riscado Rapoula Are there any transitional social security measures to mitigate the impact of COVID-19? Regarding social security contributions to maintain jobs due to the impact of the COVID-19, the following measures were announced: Reduction of 1/3 of social security contributions due in March, April and May 2020; Payment of […]

New immigration rules for sportspeople

By Rachel Harvey, Ella Davis From 1 January 2021, free movement of European nationals will end, and the UK will introduce a points-based immigration system. Under the new system, all EU and non-EU citizens will be treated equally which will completely transform the way in which EU migrants come to the UK to work. Under […]

Will COVID-19 change how we use our cities for the better?

By Jo McGuinness COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the occupation and use of our cities resetting the model of how we live and work. However, the key question is whether these changes will ultimately improve our quality of life and protect the environment in which we live? The end of the traditional commute […]


Securitisation lawyers flock to Barca but they are bottom of the food chain

The ABS conference is a big draw. Even Girls Aloud turned up. Lorraine Cushnie reports Everyone is still exhausted. The four days of freebies, networking and alcohol-fuelled early mornings that are the Global Asset-Backed Securities (ABS) conference are over for another year: and as memories of the Baja Beach Club fade into the distance, it’s […]

Gianni Origoni loses partners from New York and Rome operations

Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners has been hit by the departure of two partners, losing New York head Stefano Crosio and Rome litigation chief Aulo Cossu. Gianni Origoni rotates the managing partner for New York every three years and Crosio opted to join the New York office of Jones Day instead of returning to Italy. […]

A&O scoops former Freshfields China chief

Allen & Overy has poached magic circle rival Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s former China practice head for its Beijing office. Thomas Jones, a US and Hong Kong-qualified corporate M&A lawyer, had headed Freshfields’ China antitrust, trade and competition practice in Beijing before joining A&O. A&O’s Asian head Brian Harrison said: “The appointment is a testament to […]

White & Case factions square off

The battle lines have been drawn within the London office of White & Case over the latest potential shake-up of the office’s management. The local partnership is understood to have divided into two camps – members of the newly combined banking and capital markets practice group, who are largely supportive of a radical shake-up, and […]

A&O counts the cost of pensions

Allen & Overy (A&O) partners – don’t panic. If the discovery that you’re all personally liable for £85,000 towards filling the gaping hole in your firm’s pension fund comes as news to you, take comfort in the fact the whole liability is not payable today. A&O’s chunky £26.2m should disappear within 10 years. Plus, more […]

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