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On 8 June 2016, the EU Trade Secrets Directive was adopted. The main purpose of the Directive was to harmonise and enhance the protection of trade secrets EU-wide and to thus create an innovation-friendly environment for businesses. The EU Member States had to implement this Directive by 9 June 2018. Belgium missed the deadline, but […]

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Hogan Lovells has agreed to extend by a week the deadline for former partner Christopher Grierson to repay £1m in false expenses. The senior litigator, who had been a respected partner at the firm for more than 30 years before the fraudulent expense claims were uncovered last month, was originally due to repay the full […]

Field Fisher outsources European facilities in £18.5m deal

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has signed an £18.5m deal to outsource the facilities management of all seven of its European offices, including its London headquarters. Facilities management company Rollright Facilities has won the five-year contract and takes over FFW’s London-based facilities team of 20 people today, covering facilities functions including post room and print room […]

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Changes to the Government’s policy on philanthropy are in the spotlight as the Big Society agenda takes shape, say Christopher Groves and Alana Lowe-Petraske With a new philan-thropy strategy in place and the ­Government’s ’Giving’ green paper released in December 2010, followed by the Budget in March this year and the ’Giving’ white paper on 23 May, […]

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Trowers introduces post of managing associate

City firm Trowers & Hamlins has launched an alternative career path following a firmwide consultation. The new route, available for applications from 1 July, will provide an alternative to partnership, with lawyers instead taking the post of managing associate. Head of HR Paul Robinson said Trowers’ management board was prompted to consider the alternative path […]

Kirkland doubles City trainee intake as first batch qualifies

Kirkland & Ellis is planning to double its trainee intake as the first-ever group of graduates who joined the firm’s London office are all offered newly qualified (NQ) positions. The Chicago-based firm, which has seen its City arm grow following a wave of recent partner hires, has six trainees qualifying in September 2011. Of these […]

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