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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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Eversheds manager on rough road to glory

What were you doing when you were three years old? Trying to shove square bricks into round holes? Drawing on walls? At three, Eversheds’ business support manager Nichola Anderson was already riding BMX bikes. And at seven she was British champion. During her career (that is, if you can call anything that a seven-year-old does […]

Australia’s Atanaskovic Hartnell launches base in City

Ten-partner Sydney Atanaskovic Hartnell has opened an office in London, reversing the trend for UK firms flocking to Australia. The firm’s four-lawyer London team is headed by founding and managing partner John Atanaskovic, who splits his time between Sydney and London. The London office, which practises mainly English law, intends to advise blue-chip UK and […]

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Paedophile victim sues LSC over ‘unmerited’ legal aid

A paedophile victim who was unable to recover compensation from her alleged attacker because he was granted legal aid is suing the Legal Services Commission (LSC) over the decision to award him the funding. The victim said she was left having to pay legal costs of more than £111,000 for a successful private claim against […]

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Eversheds offers alternative to partner with director role

Eversheds is introducing the role of legal director at the firm, as an alternative career path to partnership. Candidates will start applying for the new role before the end of 2011, with the first batch of promotions expected to be made in May 2012. In some offices outside the UK, legal directors will be known […]

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Apax secondment proves sticking point as Weil waits on funds star

Weil Gotshal & Manges’ new City funds team may have to start life without star associate Stephen Fox if the Clifford Chance hire does not return from a secondment at Apax Partners. Fox was widely tipped for partnership at the magic circle firm, but followed a team of three funds partners and a tax partner […]

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