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Podcast: Lisa Nandy on the US elections and beyond

Richard Hermer QC, Murray Hunt and Helen Mountfield QC speak to Lisa Nandy, Shadow Foreign Secretary and Labour MP for Wigan. Listen as they discuss topics including the results of the US election, the UK’s international reputation and influence, when it is appropriate for the UK to intervene militarily overseas to prevent crimes against humanity […]

Pensions regulator code of practice on scheme funding

The Pensions Regulator has published its interim response to its first consultation on the defined benefit code of practice. The changes require the Pensions Regulator (tPR) to update its Code of Practice on Scheme Funding.


Supreme Court: LLP members are protected by whistle-blowing legislation

Two major rulings from the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal this morning will be enough to keep litigators talking for weeks. LLP members are protected by whistle-blowing legislation, the final court ruled, paving the way for the first whistle-blowing case against a law firm. Former Clyde & Co partner Krista Bates van Winkelhof will […]

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The accountants are coming…

The big auditors are targeting the legal sector again, and this time the mid-market had better be prepared The accountants’ previous assault on the legal market might have turned out to be a bit of a damp squib, but this time around law firms could really have something to worry about. With PricewaterhouseCoopers’ legal arm […]


Herbies u-turns on Australia pay freeze ahead of remenuration overhaul

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is to lift its pay freezes in Australia after cancelling an annual salary review in 2013. Permanent staff in Australia will be told about their salary increases in July, with employees expected to be reviewed based on performance.  The initial pay freeze was isolated to staff in Australia, with the firm […]


In-housers name Freshfields and Herbies as most popular brands

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is the most popular legal brand in London and the UK among general counsels, research by Acritas claims. The research, based on responses of 344 senior general counsel in UK organisations with revenues over £25m reveals Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Freshfields as the big winners in the capital having climbed to […]

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Norton Rose Fulbright overhauls maternity provisions

Norton Rose Fulbright has updated its maternity and paternity policies, following a survey of all women who have taken maternity leave from the firm over the past five years. The new policy, which went live on 1 May 2014, sees all London employees who have been at the firm for more than one year receive […]

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