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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.


Case of the Week

“Frankenstein foods” suffered a setback when eco-warriors Jacqueline Sheedy and Elizabeth Snook walked free from Plymouth Crown Court. The pair, represented by Mark Schwartz of Bindman & Partners, had originally faced charges of causing u605,000 worth of criminal damage after joining a 20-strong group of protesters scything down a crop of genetically-modified maize with machetes […]

Megalomania or healthy ambition?

If the vote goes the right way this weekend, Clifford Chance could add over a thousand new lawyers to its global empire. While this will no doubt make many partners jump for joy, others will wonder whether the firm is stretching itself too far. It is not only Rogers & Wells that is waiting in […]


David Mosey and Chris Pedder of Trowers & Hamlins’ construction team advised Pollards Hill Housing Association and its parent Moat Housing Group in a partnering deal, which will see £35m worth of affordable housing constructed in the London Borough of Merton. The deal was signed by Pollards Hill Housing Association, Moat Housing Group, DJ Higgins […]

Garretts gets revenge with Addleshaws partner hire

Garretts, the associate law firm of Arthur Andersen, has hit back at Addleshaw Booth & Co’s predatory lateral hires of its lawyers by poaching litigation specialist Deborah Bould. The luring of Bould will be some comfort to Garretts, which has seen an exodus of lawyers to Addleshaws over the past months. Head of property at […]

KPMG's brash ambition cannot be ignored

KPMG’s announcement that it is integrating its European legal network will not immediately strike fear in the hearts of UK law firms. Bringing together so many disparate practices will take a lot of work, and may delay the accountancy firm’s goal of merging with a City law firm. But its decision to follow its big […]

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