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Why it is essential to design inclusive virtual workplaces

By Catherine Bardwell, Valeria Cardillo Piccolino Diversity and inclusion in the virtual workplace In recent years diversity and inclusion has become a mainstream topic for HR and large organisations. But regardless of how much advocates of diversity and inclusion (D&I) connect with the values, their efforts to bring change are often met with scepticism. The […]

A new Acritas report shows how COVID-19 has changed the future of legal work

By Acritas Due to COVID-19, the ensuing lockdowns and economic crisis have given many people a chance to reflect on their lives. Further, the dramatic switch to remote working for many professionals, including lawyers, has given additional pause, and many lawyers are now showing desire to keep the most positive aspects of the new remote […]

Company law reform – Changes planned to improve corporate transparency

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman, Jo Stephenson, Oliver Duke Towards the end of September 2020, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published its findings in relation to the consultation on corporate transparency and Companies House reform which it launched in May 2019. The response document contains an overview […]

Is now a good time to modernise AGMs?

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman, Jo Stephenson, Oliver Duke The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged UK quoted companies to change their approach to holding physical annual general meetings (AGMs). At a time when social distancing rules mean that the traditional approach to an AGM is no longer permitted, many companies have been […]

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Top of the PEPS

In September The Lawyer will publish the UK 200 Annual Report 2009, the definitive guide to the finances of the UK’s largest law firms. But with the financial reporting season now in full swing, the Top of the PEPS will keep you up to date with the results as they happen. For law firms’ revenues, […]

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2Birds seals alliance with Chinese IP firm

Bird & Bird has formed an alliance with Beijing IP boutique Xiang Kung Law Firm, with the aim of strengthening its contentious capabilities in China. This is only the second international alliance formed by the expansionist UK firm, which has grown massively over the past few years via office launches. Earlier this year Bird & […]

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Greenberg adds to hiring spree with W&C partners

Rapidly growing Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) has snared a brace of capital markets partners from White & Case. Paul Maher The US firm has hired Andrew Croxford and Andrew Caunt to bolster its capital markets capabilities in the City. Earlier this month The Lawyer reported that GTM had hired former White & Case London-based finance […]

Lovells finds a partner

“That’s one of the great things about this job. There’s always something new.” The words of HM Revenue & Customs general counsel Anthony Inglese. He was talking about his new role as religion and beliefs champion at the department (see story), but the sentiment could equally apply to HMRC’s new partnership with Lovells on a […]

Departing GKN legal chief joins Competition Commission

The former head of legal at technology and engineering company GKN has been appointed to the Competition Commission’s strategic management board. Grey Denham Grey Denham, who was company secretary and group director of legal and compliance at GKN, where he worked for 28 years, has been appointed to the commission’s council for a four-year term. […]

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