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European Commission proposes Magnitsky-style sanctions framework

By Stefan Tsakanakis, Simon Hirsbrunner & Guy Soussan On October 19 the European Commission and the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy put forward a Joint Proposal for a Council Regulation concerning implementation of sanctions against serious human rights violations and abuses worldwide. The Joint Proposal for a Council Regulation […]

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 […]


Livingstone withdraws challenge to Tube PPP

Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has dropped his legal challenge to the Government’s public private partnership (PPP) plans for the London Underground Blackstone Chambers’ Lord Lester QC represented Livingstone at the High Court. First revealed on 26 July

Norton Rose reneges on partner payments

Cashflow problems hit partners by up to £100K each; firm rejects bank loan Norton Rose has run into a cashflow crisis and has failed to pay its equity partners their full profit share for the financial year ending April 2001. It is understood that partners are owed up to £100,000 each.Partner drawings have continued to […]


CC and Slaughters lead Corus and CSN’s transatlantic tie-up Clifford Chance and Slaughter and May have taken the leading roles on a groundbreaking merger between Corus and Brazilian steel giant Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (CSN). The tie-up will create the world’s fifth-largest steel company and the only transatlantic one.A Clifford Chance team led by New York-based, […]

Ward Hadaway hires IP star from Martineaus

Ward Hadaway has appointed Martineau Johnson intellectual property (IP) specialist Niall Head-Rapson as a partner in its commercial department Head-Rapson spent a year at Martineaus, prior to which he headed Eversheds’ East Midlands IP practice. Head-Rapson acted on behalf of Metsec in the first ever patent case outside London, and has also previously acted for […]


Clinical negligence firm Parlett Kent has flexed its way to success

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