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Covid-19 & green finance: What next?

In this feature article, Mark Oliphant of The International Stock Exchange Group goes from Brexit and through COVID-19 to explore the impact so far on, and the prospects for the future of, green finance and the wider sustainable investing market.

Virtual roundtable: In a period of unknown, how can we make a difference?

Following the success of our first Virtual Roundtable, we are pleased to announce details of the next session. The expert panel will continue their discussion around current priority pain points, challenges and opportunities. They will share more insights into the shifting workplace culture, and how they are adapting to new ways of working during the […]

Covid-19 – charity AGM restrictions in the Isle of Man

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions place unprecedented difficulties on Isle of Man registered charities holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM). Due to the recent implementation of measures regarding social distancing, isolation and restrictions on travel and movement, the logistics of a charity holding an AGM in the usual manner is not possible. The Isle of Man Attorney General has issued some guidance to assist Manx charities over the coming months.


Robert Theissen

Graf poised to realise Düsseldorf ambitions

German firm Graf von Westphalen, which earlier this year split from its Cologne and Freiburg teams, has announced that it is looking to open an office in Düsseldorf. Robert Theissen, managing partner of the 82-lawyer firm, based in Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt and Hamburg, said he is “quite sure” that the firm will have an office […]

Orijit Das

Crunch-busting magic circle ups fees by half

Despite being hit by the worst economic crisis in decades, magic circle partner fees have risen by more than 50 per cent in the past five years. The findings by costs lawyer Jim ­Diamond reveal that the bottom end of the magic circle’s ­average headline rates have increased by 53 per cent since 2005, from […]

Bar horizons

British legal talent has always been exportable, albeit usually limited to silks, but the growth of many foreign economies has opened up the globe to a wider range of our home-grown barristers. Not so many years ago ­foreign travel for the bar meant holidays or, in work terms, was the preserve of silks. Then it […]

Emma Holt

Pannone gets a facelift as new chief makes her mark

The new managing ­partner of Manchester firm Pannone has implemented a raft of changes since taking the helm earlier this year, saying she is “the sort of person who likes a challenge”. This is hardly surprising, given Emma Holt’s background in clinical negligence, a field she says she was drawn to for the intellectual challenge it offers. […]


Partner rates skyrocket at top firms despite economic gloom

Discounts dwindle as magic circle rates soar to over £700; rises across the board Magic circle partner rates have bounced back to levels not seen since before the recession, according to an annual survey of hourly rates. Research by leading costs lawyer Jim Diamond on behalf of The Lawyer claims that magic circle partners are […]

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