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A word about sustainability

It is perhaps better to consider Sustainability in business as a continuum. What does this mean?

Business and HR professionals must avoid getting things wrong when they are right

By Nick McEwen The coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic crisis has brought with it the inevitable consequence of high levels of redundancies as organisation after organisation struggles to survive in the current economic climate. When a business finds itself in the unenviable position of having to make some of their employees redundant, HR professionals […]

Brexit: The final countdown to secure your workforce

By Tijen Ahmet In just 11 weeks, the UK is set to leave the EU, meaning now is the time for businesses to make any final preparations. On 31 December 2020, free movement will come to an end: a cause for concern for sectors such as construction, hospitality and leisure that rely on EU migrant […]

Why metadata matters in ediscovery

Metadata is data that summarizes other data. Every file saved on a computer includes some basic information about the file, enabling the computer’s operating system to be able to deal with it. The application in use (e.g., Microsoft Word) creates this behind-the-scenes information describing the information contained on a webpage, email, document, or electronic file. […]


Home truths

Locally managing part of a European-wide restructuring project is not to be underestimated. Alexander Vandenbergen explains why. Alexander Vandenbergen Recently, the economic crisis hit the global economy hard. Within this gloomy context, local human resources (HR) managers of multinational companies have been kindly asked ‘to evaluate possibilities to reduce headcount’. In a perfect world, a central […]


Miners compensation scandal: Nulty struck off

Andrew Nulty, the lawyer who boasted of his £13m fortune, has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for his part in the miners’ compensation scandal. Nulty, who launched Avalon Solicitors in 2001 with 2,000 personal injury claims on his books, is the third lawyer to be kicked out of the profession for his […]


Chaos as MoJ scuppers litigation reform

Judges and politicians at loggerheads as Jackson review kicked into the long grass The judiciary is on a collision course with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) over how the litigation ­system should be reformed in England and Wales. Serious concerns have been raised about political interference with a range of litigation reforms after the MoJ […]

Freshfields Middle East finance head quits

Bob Charlton, Middle East head of finance at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, has announced that he is leaving the firm to pursue other opportunities. Bob Charlton, Middle East head of finance at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, has announced that he is leaving the firm to pursue other opportunities. Charlton, a former managing partner of the London finance practice, was […]


On the law path: Wolf von Kumberg, Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman European legal chief Wolf von Kumberg brings cutting-edge M&A nous to bear in the defence market. Organisation: Northrop Grumman Industry: Defence aerospace European legaldirector: Wolf von KumbergReporting to: General counsel Stephen YslafCompanyturnover: $1bn (£680m) Europe, $32bn worldwideTotal number ofemployees: 3,000 UK, 130,000 worldwideTotal legalcapability: Five Europe, 110 worldwideMain external lawfirms: Bird & Bird, […]

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