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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.


Work Life Quiz: Richard Smith, Manches

What was your first-ever job? A multi-tasking summer job in a department store in Watford involving waste collection and disposal, operating the customer lift and being a sales assistant in the linens department. I won Employee of the Month. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee? Having to be a minder for the son […]


Tube hits Freshfields with £140m-plus negligence claim

London Underground sues magic circle firm over Metronet advice Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is set for a High Court showdown with ­London Underground Ltd (LUL) after the company launched a £141.96m claim against the firm. The claim was originally for £178.5m, but LUL managed to recoup £36.54m from other sources. It is, however, aiming to recoup from Freshfields […]

Market value

With PI rates remaining within reach for the majority of law firms, Sandra Neilson-Moore fights the corner for a commercial insurance market when the ARP is scrapped in 2013 The renewal season for solicitors’ professional indemnity (PI) insurance is about to begin again in earnest. Sensible firms of all sizes should be considering their alternatives. […]

Government legal roster put on hold as services review delayed

The Government Procurement Service, formerly known as OGC Buying Solutions, has delayed a review of its legal services framework agreement by 11 months, with the new roster now due to come into place in May next year. A position on the framework, previously called Catalist, is regarded as a seal of approval for firms offering public sector and charitywork, although many […]

Tony Grabiner QC

News Corp shells out £3k an hour for Grabiner

One Essex Court’s Tony Grabiner QC is understood to be pocketing £3,000 an hour for his advice to News ­International parent News ­Corporation in relation to phone-hacking. Grabiner was drafted in by the media giant last week to chair the management and standards committee (MSC) set up by News Corp to investigate the scandal (, […]

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