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Risks for liability insurers and their insureds: #MeToo

By Susie Wakefield, Antonia Blackwell One year on from #MeToo, Bloomberg estimates at least 425 prominent people across industries had been publicly accused of sexual misconduct. These headlines have brought the issue of how employers tackle sexual harassment in the workplace into the spotlight. In addition to dealing with any allegations of sexual harassment, organisations will […]

Zero-hours contracts – Common pitfalls for employers

By Jo Tunnicliff “Zero-hours contracts can be a positive part of work-life balance if they offer genuine two-way flexibility,” says Matthew Taylor, the government’s lead reviewer of modern working practices. As our previous article set out, the Taylor Review made recommendations designed to improve the working conditions of individuals working in the gig economy, including zero-hours […]

The international capital markets review

By José Pedro Fazenda Martins, Orlando Vogler Guiné The Portuguese economy has been recovering strongly since the end of the financial crisis and the successful conclusion of the Financial Assistance Programme, benefiting from healthy dynamics in the tourism sector and improved investment in various other sectors. The improving of leading indicators, the expansion of industrial production, […]

Key implications of Brexit January 2019

By Trudy Feaster-Gee The article provides a practical guide to some of the implications that UK businesses currently face, given the rejection by Parliament on 15 January 2019 of the Withdrawal Agreement, of a no-deal Brexit

Receivables finance: The prohibition on assignment is now in force

By Michael Taylor, Ian Akitt, Peter Considine The Business Contract Terms (Assignment of Receivables) Regulations 2018 came into force on 31 December 2018 meaning that parties to a contract in the UK may no longer be able to prohibit the assignment of receivables arising in respect of supplies made under it, even if it is a long term […]

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Slaughters defends Bestfoods takeover

Slaughter and May is preparing to do battle with the European Commission as Unilever finally wins control of US rival Bestfoods. The $20.3bn (£13.3bn) take over of Bestfoods, on which Unilever is is also paying $4bn (£2.6bn) of debt, was approved by its shareholders on 7 June, and will create the second largest consumer products […]

Retail and Foreign Banks

Retail and foreign banking has changed radically over the past decade and with it the nature of its legal work has also changed. Consolidation has been a key to this transformation. The Royal Bank of Scotland’s merger with NatWest, HSBC Holdings’ acquisition of Midland Bank, and Lloyds Bank’s decision to join forces with TSB, are […]

Case of the week

Not since the break-up of AT&T in 1982 has a company faced a death sentence, but last week Bill ‘why’s everybody always picking on me’ Gates saw a US federal judge order the execution of Microsoft. As expected, Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered that Microsoft be split in two and imposed sweeping curbs on its […]

Enough is enough

Just what is Michael Napier doing? As senior partner at Irwin Mitchell he must surely see that the Law Society is fundamentally flawed, increasingly irrelevant and potentially a problem for the development of a 21st century legal business in London. His decision to stand in the presidential elections – whether a last gasp attempt at […]

Moving into the mainstream

Public international law can no longer be ignored, with a number of international conventions making their way into domestic courts. Philippe Sands and Maurice Sheridan report on the most influential cases of the past year The rules of public international law have been transformed over the past two decades. Treaties and other international legal obligations […]

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