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Are you ready for the immigration shake-up?

With COVID-19 continuing to dominate the headlines, it is perhaps easy to forget that the UK’s Brexit transition period is due to end on 31 December 2020. This will bring about the biggest change to UK immigration laws in recent memory and will have a direct impact on how employers recruit overseas staff. EU Settlement […]

Client Advisory: US Government Ramps Up Actions to Combat Forced Labor

The US executive and legislative branches are ratcheting up pressure on companies to address forced labor in their supply chains. The US Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) has in recent months announced a series of Withhold Release Orders (WROs) and a Finding following investigations into forced labor. Additionally, the US […]

The Cayman Islands administrative fines regime & investment funds

CIMA now has the ability to issue administrative fines for breaches committed by entities or individuals of prescribed provisions of laws, regulations and rules regulated by CIMA. On 26 June 2020, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority’s (“CIMA”) powers to impose administrative fines were extended by the enactment of the Monetary Authority (Administrative Fines) (Amendment) Regulations, […]

How to Apply for a Judicial Review and how to Appeal a Decision

A Judicial Review is the vehicle by which the decisions of public authorities of all descriptions (including the government) can be challenged to establish their legality and whether the principles of public law have been complied with. The current on-going crisis that has arisen due to the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a raft of […]


Ece Gürsoy

Lightsource chief legal officer: Sun in law

Ece Gürsoy, legal officer at solar power generator Lightsource, jumped ship from private practice in search of professional fulfilment – and found it Ece Gürsoy took a roundabout route to her present role at solar power generator Lightsource. Gürsoy is a Turkish and English dual-qualified lawyer who trained in-house in Istanbul at Hewlett-Packard, worked in […]


Shakespeares: Much ado about mergers

As you might expect from the CEO of a firm with a track record of making as many acquisitions as Shakespeares has, Paul Wilson is a pragmatic chap.  He has already stated publicly that he aims to grow his firm into a £50m mid-tier heavyweight by 2014. This year’s financials show a turnover of £39.6m, up 34 […]

McDermott Withers double

Here’s an unusual one for a US firm. McDermott Will & Emery, snubbing the more usual trend for purely corporate, finance or at a push, international arbitration, has just hired a private client partner for its London office, bringing in partner Ziva Robertson from mega private client firm Withers. Well, we say unusual. Actually Robertson […]


Exclusive: University of Law to close in York and open in Leeds

The University of Law is planning to launch a branch in Leeds and close in York, in a move that could double the number of course places the institution offers in the region. Europe’s biggest law school intends to open in the centre of Leeds by September next year. The move will involve closing the […]

Cat Griffiths index

Who needs democracy in law firms?

An interesting paper put out recently by Laura Empson, professor at Cass Business School is doing the rounds. It focuses on the ambiguities of law firm leadership. The study, titled Who’s in Charge? Exploring Leadership Dynamics in Professional Service Firms, parses the various structures of formal and informal power at several top (anonymised) private practice […]

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