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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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Thistle down

Apart from four standout performances, a tough year for Scottish firms was characterised by a static market.  Collective revenues across the top 20 Scottish firms rose by just 2 per cent in 2010-11, from £497.8m to £506.6m, with the firms in the top and ­bottom spots on the leaderboard holding on to their positions. Edinburgh-headquartered McGrigors was the largest […]

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Cost-cutting measures see PPF’s legal roster touted to Government watchdogs for same fees The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) is embarking on the first major shake-up of its legal advisers since it was set up under the Pensions Act 2004. Those making the grade will potentially be made available to 12 regulatory bodies under the Government’s […]

Court out

The modernisation of the Belarus economy could see commercial lawyers no longer being able to represent clients in court. Dale McEwan asks: is this just par for the course for an up-to-date legal system?  The legal profession in Belarus is facing a draft law that could see the representation of clients in courts – […]

Charles Russell injects performance incentive

Charles Russell has introduced a bonus for equity partners for the first time in a bid to shake up partner performance. The firm has modified its lockstep, giving it the ­facility to reward partners on a ­performance-related basis by up to 30 per cent of remuneration. The bonus will be allocated by an elected four-partner […]

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Fancy dinner at Le Manoir?

Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons is pretty fancy we hear. And guess what? We can offer one of our readers the chance to take one of their loved ones there for a slap-up dinner absolutely free of charge. Just imagine tucking into some grilled Cornish mackerel with apple, soy, honey and ginger followed by […]

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