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The future of work in a pandemic era

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all facets of life as we know it, forcing immediate recalibrations of how we work and live. Today, industries across the globe are considering the future of work in a pandemic era, making difficult decisions with the best information on hand, against various unknowns. They know that reopening and perhaps even redefining the workplace means successfully working through incredible uncertainty.

What does the future hold for cybersecurity?

With any security policy now and in the future, leaders need to remember the fundamentals of what they are trying to achieve. Everyone wants their business to do well and be successful, and that means protecting data, while keeping business critical systems up and running efficiently. Already today, we’re putting a focus on security – and have seen new compliance laws in relation to that. Requiring compliance with regulation is just one way of trying to force the market to adopt minimum acceptable standards. But this is just that – the minimum – and every business leader needs to aim higher than that level.

Financial services investigations and enforcement monthly round up

A round-up of recent enforcement actions and investigations in the financial services sector. This month in summary: FCA publishes Decision Notice against Corrado Abbattista for market manipulation ICO fines company £130,000 for unauthorised pensions cold calls FCA publicly censures former Worldspreads CEO for market misconduct FCA scraps half its criminal probes into money-laundering breaches   FCA publishes Decision Notice against Corrado Abbattista for market manipulation.


In brief: Law Society calls for negotiated liability

People entering into joint enterprises should have the right to choose how they share responsibility if something goes wrong, according to a Law Society report sent to the Department of Trade and Industry. The Law Society is not in favour of the overall abolition of the legal principle that those who cause civil wrongs should […]

Bar takes foreigners in profile-raising bid

THE English Bar is to appoint up to six foreign lawyers every year as “honorary members of the Bar” in a bid to boost its profile and clients abroad. The Bar Council’s international relations committee proposed the idea to the Bar Council on 13 July and it was unanimously approved. The selection from the ranks […]

Death to the standard fees plan

“Let’s kill all the lawyers.” The Lord Chancellor may not have said this as such but the proposed model for Civil Standard Fees for Advocates, which landed on our desks last week, has a murderous quality. If the proposals are implemented without major alteration, I have no doubt that many barristers will be tempted to […]

Solicitor tells press Anton Piller details

A BLACKBURN solicitor who obtained an Anton Piller order in a bid to recover debts from a client, and then leaked information from seized documents to the press, has been described as “stupid” and “naive” by the barrister representing her. Sole practitioner Bushra Anwar admitted contempt of court at Preston High Court over her decision […]

Call for solicitor pupillage scheme

A LEADING City solicitor-advocate has called for the setting up of pupillage-style, in-house advocacy training schemes to make it easier for solicitors to win rights of audience. Richard Slowe, head of SJ Berwin’s advocacy practice, is drawing up plans to apply for the rules governing the awarding of higher court advocacy rights for solicitors to […]

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