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The future of work in a pandemic era

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted all facets of life as we know it, forcing immediate recalibrations of how we work and live. Today, industries across the globe are considering the future of work in a pandemic era, making difficult decisions with the best information on hand, against various unknowns. They know that reopening and perhaps even redefining the workplace means successfully working through incredible uncertainty.

What does the future hold for cybersecurity?

With any security policy now and in the future, leaders need to remember the fundamentals of what they are trying to achieve. Everyone wants their business to do well and be successful, and that means protecting data, while keeping business critical systems up and running efficiently. Already today, we’re putting a focus on security – and have seen new compliance laws in relation to that. Requiring compliance with regulation is just one way of trying to force the market to adopt minimum acceptable standards. But this is just that – the minimum – and every business leader needs to aim higher than that level.

Financial services investigations and enforcement monthly round up

A round-up of recent enforcement actions and investigations in the financial services sector. This month in summary: FCA publishes Decision Notice against Corrado Abbattista for market manipulation ICO fines company £130,000 for unauthorised pensions cold calls FCA publicly censures former Worldspreads CEO for market misconduct FCA scraps half its criminal probes into money-laundering breaches   FCA publishes Decision Notice against Corrado Abbattista for market manipulation.



Hot 100: Tim Ross, Kelway

Tim Ross (scroll down for video interview) had no small task when he became Kelway’s first-ever lawyer in 2010. Since his hire the technology company has increased annual revenue from £178m to £350m, with roughly 50 per cent of that growth coming from M&A. In the past 12 months alone Ross has helped the company […]

SJ Berwin’s debt rose by over 300 per cent in last financial year, LLPs reveal

SJ Berwin’s net debt rose by 321 per cent between 2010/11 and 2011/12 on the back of a large tax bill caused by rising profitability. The firm’s LLP accounts, filed at Companies House on Tuesday (22 January), show that the firm’s net debt rose from £1.9m in 2010/11 to £8m in 2011/12, while debt due […]

The FCPA in 2012

The year 2012 will probably be remembered in the annals of FCPA history as the year of the Guidance (formally known as A Resource Guide to the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act). Its release had been eagerly anticipated since Assistant Attorney General Lanny A Breuer announced in November 2011 that the government would issue detailed […]

Edwin Vanderbruggen

Edwin Vanderbruggen, VDB Loi, Yangon

Name Edwin Vanderbruggen Position Senior Partner What was your first-ever job? Dduring my studies I cleaned offices to pay the bills  Where did you study? Bachelor Degree University of Antwerp 1988, LLM University of Brussels 1993 Where did you train? Belgium and France. Have you lived or worked outside your home jurisdiction? What did you […]


Hot 100: Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC, One Crown Office Row

Like a handful of her peers, Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC chose the bar because a man told her it was no place for a woman. In the world of personal injury, including abuse claims, she is a market leader – someone who will always go that extra mile for the claimant. Her practice is so busy […]

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