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Coronavirus job retention scheme: pensions aspects

When considering how to use the coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS), employers may be wondering what this means for pension contributions and auto-enrolment obligations. This update considers some of the issues. How the CJRS works To access the CJRS an employer will need to designate affected employees as furloughed workers, notify the employees of this […]

Competition law – welcome guidance in a time of crisis

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published helpful guidance on how it will apply competition law in light of COVID-19. Meanwhile, the government has taken the unprecedented step of relaxing competition law in certain sectors. In the round, these developments offer welcome guidance and comfort – but they also serve as a timely reminder […]

Leading and adapting in challenging times: managing a newly remote team

The dynamics of a previously high performing team will shift in response to the recent working from home directive. As leaders we need to understand the factors that will impact even the most resilient and high performing colleagues. It’s likely that high-performing employees may experience varying levels of performance and engagement when they begin working […]

Cryptocurrencies: 2020 and beyond

As the global leader in alternative investment funds and one of the most innovative financial centres in the world, it is unsurprising that the Cayman Islands has quickly become a popular destination for cryptocurrency vehicles and initial coin offerings (ICOs).

UK Government to enhance FCA powers to facilitate LIBOR transition

The UK Government announced on 23 June 2020 that it intends to introduce new legislation to give the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) enhanced powers in circumstances where (i) LIBOR ceases to be representative of the market and (ii) its representativeness cannot and will not be restored. This is intended to solve the problem of “tough legacy” contracts by giving the FCA the power to protect consumers and market integrity in relation to those contracts (which the FCA envisage will be a “narrow band”).


Are you locked up?

Amid the revenue and profits figures and the ups and downs is data that will interest anyone with a financial bent – work in progress and debtor days. In today’s finance-focused edition of The Lawyer Management Louis Baker, head of professional practices at accountant Crowe Clark Whitehill discusses the impact of lockup. The accountancy firm’s […]


The benefits of being a top 50 partner

What benefits do you get at work? If you’re scratching your head with a free corporate pen, check out what some of your competitors get: money for new luggage, cash for spouses and an on-site GP. These are some of the unusual partner benefits among the UK’s top 50 law firms, revealed in a survey […]

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Kent Legal Services claims record year as £3.7m pumped back into council

The legal team at Kent County Council (KCC) have contributed over £3.7m to the council after announcing record profits for the 2012/13 financial year.  The team saw turnover rise 9 per cent during the year, from £11m to £12m, while profits increased 20 per cent, from £2m to a record £2.42m. A money-saving programme dubbed the […]

Asia: Corporate Newsletter — August 2013

The August 2013 issue of DLA Piper’s Asia: Corporate Newsletter is available now. Topics covered Listing rule changes regarding the new IPO sponsors regime Whitewash waivers and disqualifying transactions under the takeovers code Consultation conclusions on the establishment of the independent insurance authority Latest developments in the PRC: PRC strengthens approval and administration of foreign-invested […]

Wallonia plans overhaul of the soil pollution statue

The Walloon government has adopted a (first reading) draft to amend the Current Soil Clean Up Statute. This draft now requires a second reading before submitting to the Walloon Parliament. It is expected that the amended Soil Statute will be adopted by the end of 2013. This publication summarises the main modifications if the draft […]

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