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Employment Law Focus: Unconscious bias

Unconscious bias is a growing legal issue for employers. It’s widely regarded as a barrier to equality, diversity and inclusion, and employment tribunals are looking more closely at motivation and bias in discrimination and harassment cases.

Termination for insolvency: how can suppliers protect their position?

Suppliers can no longer rely on contractual terms entitling them to terminate a contract on the grounds of a corporate customer’s insolvency (ipso facto clauses) in most cases. This prohibition was introduced by the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act which came into force on 26 June 2020 (the Act). This briefing looks at the changes suppliers may need to make to their contracts, as well as to their credit and enforcement strategies, in light of this prohibition.

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Women: The uncomfortable truth

Not enough women know which paintings adorn the walls of their firm’s boardrooms. That was the conclusion of an international summit and report presented at a Law Society and Interlaw Diversity Forum event last night. Actually, the absence of expensive art in female lawyers’ lives was just one of several colourful lines from Law Society […]

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Ndiku Mutua & Ors v Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Ndiku Mutua & Ors v Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Late 2013, Queen’s Bench Division For the claimants Ndiku Mutua & Ors: Leigh Day & Co partners Martyn Day and Dan Leader instructed Matrix Chambers’ Richard Hermer QC and Doughty Street Chambers’ Phillippa Kaufmann QC to lead One Crown Office Row’s Henry Witcomb, Maria Roche […]

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Ius Laboris elects Engels as chair

Employment firm network Ius Laboris has appointed Claeys & Engels senior partner Chris Engels as its new chairman. Engels replaces Franco Toffoletto of Italian firm Toffoletto de Luca Tamajo in the role and will have a term of office lasting for two years. Toffoletto has served two two-year terms. Both firms were founding members of […]

Shell sets to work on major revamp of external legal roster

Royal Dutch Shell is reviewing its global legal panel for the first time in three years. The last major panel review saw the energy giant slim down its roster to include Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance,Cravath Swaine & Moore and Simmons & Simmons (26 April 2010). Last time round, bids were invited across eight practice areas […]

Gibson Dunn receives approval to return to Beijing

US firm Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has secured approval from China’s Ministry of Justice to open a representative office in Beijing, almost 10 years after the firm closed its China presence. Gibson Dunn’s Beijing office, which is expected to be opened in the coming months, will be the firm’s third location in Asia, following its […]

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