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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 […]

Company law reform – Changes planned to improve corporate transparency

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman, Jo Stephenson, Oliver Duke Towards the end of September 2020, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published its findings in relation to the consultation on corporate transparency and Companies House reform which it launched in May 2019. The response document contains an overview […]

Is now a good time to modernise AGMs?

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman, Jo Stephenson, Oliver Duke The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged UK quoted companies to change their approach to holding physical annual general meetings (AGMs). At a time when social distancing rules mean that the traditional approach to an AGM is no longer permitted, many companies have been […]

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BLG toasts Di and Dodi inquest win

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert with niche law firm Stephenson Benson & Co won a high court ruling that the inquests into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi al Fayed should be heard by a jury. In an earlier ruling, Lady Butler-Sloss said only a coroner could give the “careful and fully reasoned decision” the […]

Cobbetts secures two property panel places

Cobbetts’ Manchester office has had a lucrative start to 2007, with its residential development team putting in a particularly strong performance by already being appointed to two property panels this year. It began with the team scooping a position on housebuilder Taylor Woodrow’s legal panel in January, joining firms including Walker Morris and Wragge & […]

Simmons declares European intent with Spanish merger

Simmons & Simmons will merge with Spanish firm Mochales & Palacios Abogados to complete the first step in an ambitious European growth strategy it has set out for 2007. Simmons will parachute in global head of international projects Richard Armitage as the new regional managing partner to bolster integration efforts. Current Spain head Luis Felipe […]

No compunction over BBC injunction

The rumpus over cash for honours has brought about an astonishing 48 hours for media lawyers. Friday’s injunction against the BBC was lifted at 2pm today, several hours after The Guardian hit the streets with its follow-up on the affair. The Lawyer understands that the BBC’s in-house legal team advised that since its best recourse […]

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