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Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Global business is increasingly familiar with the prospect of short-notice public investigatory attention, whether from regulators, law enforcement, political forces or as a consequence of sanctions, and this can – in in some cases – devastate individual and corporate reputation.

Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Despite the fact that the threat of an investigation alone can be enough to paralyse a business, early warning signs are often missed and businesses can mistake an investigation risk for a reputation risk. Those who handle serious issues well are able to triage the issue at an early stage and identify its potential impact, […]

Bill 64 marks a new direction in Quebec privacy law — Key takeaways for businesses

On September 22, 2021, the Quebec government adopted Bill 64, An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information, enacting significant changes to the requirements governing the use and protection of personal information under various statutes, including notably the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector and the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information.


EU and competition law

Our EU and competition law team is well regarded for offering clear and commercially astute advice on the full range of competition law-related matters. Our services include day-to-day compliance, public procurement, state aid, merger control and handling investigations. Businesses are increasingly aware of the competition law rules and their obligations to comply. This is particularly […]

Louise Hadland

Louise Hadland

Hadland is the firm’s HR director and as such is responsible for ensuring that the strategic profile of the firm’s staff is best suited to delivering its stated goals and objectives. Before joining Shoosmiths in May 1999, Hadland worked in personnel management for the Volkswagen Group UK, building an HR specialisation on a general management […]


FFW selects Chissick as permanent managing partner in top-level rejig

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has announced a new leadership structure that will see acting chief Michael Chissick take on the managing partner role in full, with current managing partner Matthew Lohn becoming senior partner. The firm confirmed that Chissick, acting managing partner since last year, would assume the role permanently, taking charge of formulating and executing […]

Cartel participants in Croatia receive fines

In January 2013, the Croatian Competition Agency, for the second time in its practice of imposing direct fines, fined four private companies involved in a cartel agreement. The cartel was between four public transportation operators competing for licenses to transfer pupils to their schools in the northern part of Croatia (Međimurje). Instead of competing for […]


Field Fisher’s debt rose by over 350 per cent in last financial year, LLPs show

Field Fisher Waterhouse’s (FFW) net debt increased by more than 350 per cent to £3.3m in the 2011/12 financial year, the firm’s latest LLP accounts show. The figure, stated in accounts filed this week at Companies House, rose from £727,000 in 2010/11. That meant the firm was £4.2m overdrawn at the last year-end, with the […]

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