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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.

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The bar is becoming increasingly commercial and clients are starting to take advantage of that, particularly in the public sector. Some months ago, Hackney Borough Council announced that it was forming a panel of barristers, and now three Midlands councils are following suit. Derby, Leicester and Stoke-on-Trent councils began tendering for chambers to join their […]

Domanski and MAQS Law Firm join forces

Polish independent firm Domanski Zakrzewski Palinka and Scandinavian firm MAQS Law Firm have linked up to help service the increasing amount of cross-investment between the countries. Domanski is the largest firm in Poland, employing around 100 lawyers in a full-service offering, with offices in Warsaw, Poznan and Wroclaw. MAQS already operates a small office in […]

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Hunton scoops the mandate for Gazprom’s push into UK energy

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