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Legal experts comment on the Queen’s Speech

Today the Queen’s Speech set out the government’s agenda for the next session and its plans to build back better from the pandemic and level-up opportunities across the country. The speech contained reference to more than 30 Bills. Some of the most prominent are commented on here.

What does the post-transition grace period mean for employers?

The Home Office recently updated its guidance in respect of what UK employers should be doing to check whether EEA nationals and their family members have the right to work during the post-transition grace period. Below is a summary of the main updates and how this will impact employers for the next two months.

AI – Commission publishes new legal framework

I wrote last autumn about the European Parliament’s approval of proposals for the regulation of artificial intelligence (AI), and the European Commission has now decisively picked up the legislative baton, publishing its comprehensive framework for an AI Regulation.



Minster’s legal director Underwood joins Capita-owned rival Optima Legal

Minster Law’s director of legal services Craig Underwood has joined Capita-owned volume legal business Optima Legal as head of legal services today. As the firm’s first head of legal services Underwood takes on responsibility for all legal matters and business development in the legal market.  A litigator by background, Underwood had been at Minster for […]

DLA Piper’s Mitchell delivers second report to Penn State, NCAA and the Big Ten Conference

Senator George J Mitchell and his law firm DLA Piper (US) have announced that Mitchell has delivered his second annual report as the independent athletics integrity monitor under the Athletics Integrity Agreement (AIA) among the Pennsylvania State University, the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Big Ten Conference. The report describes Penn State’s efforts […]

Scottish firm shifts cash to English bank account ahead of vote

With just eight days to go until the Scottish independence referendum vote, concern is ramping up among leading businesses over the impact of a yes vote on the Scottish banking system. One leading Scottish law firm is among them. It has revealed to The Lawyer that it has already moved its money out of Scottish-registered […]

Shoosmiths and Meridian host networking dinner ahead of Southampton Boat Show

Shoosmiths has teamed up with Meridian Corporate Finance to bring together business leaders in the Solent region for a networking dinner ahead of the Southampton Boat Show being held between 12 and 21 September 2014. The dinner, held at the Hotel Terravina in Woodlands, gave guests from the marine community a chance to meet, discuss […]


Document management peer panel: The madding cloud

Document management technology is changing quickly, adding complexity to the efficiency versus security debate Q: What are the biggest issues in relation to document production/management in law firms? Jennie Gubbins, senior partner, Trowers & Hamlins: Managing change internally, and building trust is paramount. Working alongside your PA/secretary on a daily basis means the secretary gets to […]

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