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A word about sustainability

It is perhaps better to consider Sustainability in business as a continuum. What does this mean?

Business and HR professionals must avoid getting things wrong when they are right

By Nick McEwen The coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic crisis has brought with it the inevitable consequence of high levels of redundancies as organisation after organisation struggles to survive in the current economic climate. When a business finds itself in the unenviable position of having to make some of their employees redundant, HR professionals […]

Brexit: The final countdown to secure your workforce

By Tijen Ahmet In just 11 weeks, the UK is set to leave the EU, meaning now is the time for businesses to make any final preparations. On 31 December 2020, free movement will come to an end: a cause for concern for sectors such as construction, hospitality and leisure that rely on EU migrant […]

Why metadata matters in ediscovery

Metadata is data that summarizes other data. Every file saved on a computer includes some basic information about the file, enabling the computer’s operating system to be able to deal with it. The application in use (e.g., Microsoft Word) creates this behind-the-scenes information describing the information contained on a webpage, email, document, or electronic file. […]



Canada’s Gowlings continues to build in City with Cobbetts team

Canadian firm Gowlings has hired a four-partner team from Cobbetts’ equity capital markets team for its London office. Charles Bond, Sefton Collett, Dominic Prentis and Andrew Wright – who led Cobbetts’ public markets team – will all join Gowlings’ London office as partners and will bring with them Susan Johnston and David Brennan, both directors […]

Irwin Mitchell LLP accounts show dip into debt

Irwin Mitchell saw turnover rise by 17.2 per cent at the end of the last financial year to £184.1m from £157.1m, the firm’s LLP filings show, but internal investment resulted in a rise in net debt. The firm has spent much of the last year gearing up to its conversion to an alternative business structure […]

Richard Reade

ISS UK general counsel takes non-US role at Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers has appointed a new high-level in-house lawyer to focus on matters outside of the US with the hire of ISS UK general counsel Richard Reade. Reade, who led the Danish service provider’s UK legal team from January 2007 until the end of last year, has joined US-headquartered Weight Watchers as assistant general counsel […]

Jewel purpose

The Portuguese government is set to privatise the country’s remaining crown jewels, providing work for lawyers in a tough year This time last year Portuguese lawyers were bracing themselves for turmoil, and turmoil duly arrived, with the country one of the hardest-hit jurisdictions in the ongoing eurozone crisis. The Portuguese economy is expected to contract […]


Fixed share partners are not employees, CoA rules

The Court of Appeal (CoA) has given a seminal ruling on the status of fixed share partners in an unfair dismissal claim being pursued against Lester Aldridge. The three-strong judicial panel, which was chaired by the president of the family division Sir Nicholas Wall, ruled that an LLP member is not an employee. Furthermore, the […]

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