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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.


Jonathan Waters

High price to pay for this bill

The Public Service Pensions Bill could lead to constitutional corruption if it is not amended Last September the Public Service Pensions Bill was presented to Parliament with Government guarantees that it represents a ‘generous deal’, fixing pensions for 25 years. Squirrelled away in the detailed provisions, the bill contains a breathtakingly wide-reaching ‘Henry VIII’ clause […]

The High Court judge, the Premiership club and the Texas duo

Across the City and beyond litigators are starting to consider what the Jackson reforms will mean for their firms. The judiciary too is being trained in the art of controlling costs – although half a day may seem a bit measly for such a mammoth change. Mr Justice Peter Smith is one judge who pulls […]


Watson Farley to set up Bangkok-based German desk with Ashurst hire

Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has hired Ashurst Munich-based counsel Marcus Nothhelfer as a partner to launch a German desk in Bangkok. Nothhelfer, formerly head of Ashurt’s IP and commercial practices in Germany, has relocated to Bangkok to launch WFW’s German desk in Thailand. His appointment is set to strengthen the office’s corporate and commercial […]


Half of partners think they’re underpaid, BDO study finds

Almost half of law firm partners think they should be paid more than they are currently, a survey on partner pay and performance by BDO has found. Among the key findings in the BDO research, which looked at a range of issues including how remuneration and bonuses are divided up and whether firms’ rewards mechanisms […]

Clydes building

Space, the lucrative frontier

Clydes’ canny office lease deal funds large loan The rapid consolidation of the profession has caused some headaches when it comes to the logistics of bringing firms under one roof. The 2011 merger between insurance giants Clyde & Co and Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) was swift and coincided with Clydes’ planned move into London’s […]

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