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EU Regulator Warning on Post-Brexit Financial Services EU Access Exemptions

The European Securities and Markets Association (“ESMA”) has published a statement on reverse solicitation of clients by third country firms following Brexit and the end of the UK transition period on 31 December 2020. It has identified what it calls “questionable practices” by firms in this regard, for example, using general clauses or online pop-up “I agree” […]

Dealing with Requests for Flexible Working under Jersey and Guernsey Law

There is no doubt that enforced working from home (‘WFH’) during the early stages of the pandemic has accelerated changes in the way we work. Partly motivated by the initial response to lockdown measures, partly by a need to accommodate individual circumstances, employers and employees have had to adapt to changes in where, how and […]

UK Government Announces Changes to DAC6 Post-Brexit – Impact For Ireland

EU DAC6 – Mandatory Disclosure of Reportable Cross-Border Arrangements Directive 2018/822 (DAC6) is an EU Directive requiring EU intermediaries or taxpayers to report information on certain cross-border arrangements to their local tax authorities.  Our previous client updates in relation to DAC6 can be found on our website here1 and here2. In an unexpected move on 31 December 2020, […]

Big Tech worldwide regulation: not if, but how

We appear to have reached a global consensus that it is no longer a question of if we should regulate Big Tech but how we regulate, with a flurry of legislative proposals in Europe and legal actions in the US jostling for attention in the final weeks of 2020.

Firms told to look out for domestic abuse signs

The pandemic is making employers and employees re-assess the value of the workplace. One factor, as Business Minister Paul Scully MP has pointed out, is rarely considered: are employees being subjected to domestic abuse?

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Inheriting the “crown jewels”: Clifford Chance’s private equity chiefs focus on succession

Clifford Chance’s private equity co-heads are determined that their sector remains the “crown jewels” of the corporate team despite high-profile partner exits. But a new succession plan aimed at improving younger partner contact with clients demonstrates the firm’s awareness of the risks caused by departing partners. London-based dealmaker Jonny Myers and Frankfurt-based partner Oliver Felsenstein […]

All change at Weil: managing partner Francies reflects on a turbulent 2014

The nights are drawing in, and it’s getting a bit chilly. But has it been a particularly tough week for the City’s law firm managers? This morning brought a management move frenzy, as it has emerged that the top dogs from Slaughter and May and Pinsent Masons are due to retire and step down. At […]

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John Lewis hires BG Group deputy Keith Hubber as new general counsel

The John Lewis Partnership has hired former BG deputy general counsel Keith Hubber to join the company as general counsel from February 2015. Hubber, who spent 13 years at BG group as corporate lawyer, company secretary and then deputy general counsel, will be in charge of the partnership’s legal team after an induction to his […]

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