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Global research from the Thomson Reuters Institute provides legal spend benchmarks, evidence-led advice to optimise legal processes, and peer insights. The key priorities of corporate law departments are similar year-on-year, despite the extreme turbulence experienced across most economies and industries.

A time for leadership—legal department effectiveness considering COVID-19

This year was already shaping up to be a challenging one for in-house legal teams across Europe as the UK’s departure from the EU brought with it new challenges and a plethora of new regulations to accompany existing corporate activity. And then COVID-19 hit. Teams had to adapt to new ways of working as well […]

Beyond COVID-19: challenges to corporate culture

COVID-19 and its consequences has pre-occupied business leaders throughout most of 2020. In addition, in-house legal teams across Europe are preparing for the end of the Brexit transition period. However, alongside these issues, three social forces have gathered momentum in a way that may bring positive change for businesses. There is an opportunity—and a need—for […]

Legal, strategic and right: How the evolution of the role of GCs brings added value to an organisation

Over the course of 2020 much of what businesses regarded as normal changed, almost overnight. As a result, every business has had to review its strategy. For legal departments, this has meant adopting simultaneous responsive and proactive stances as they help their organisations negotiate change brought on not only by COVID-19 and the resulting business disruption, but also by events that have forced serious conversations about racial injustice.

How to improve gender diversity at senior levels within law firms

A new report, Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law Global Report 2020, shows the extent of the gender diversity problem at senior levels in law firms, providing a baseline from which future progress may be measured. The study also investigated barriers to women’s progression into senior leadership roles and sought to evaluate the ‘effectiveness’ of each approach to overcome those barriers that was identified, both as perceived by law firms and through numerical analysis.

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Bill 64 marks a new direction in Quebec privacy law — Key takeaways for businesses

On September 22, 2021, the Quebec government adopted Bill 64, An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information, enacting significant changes to the requirements governing the use and protection of personal information under various statutes, including notably the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector and the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information.

Incentivising staff in a green economy: green benefits

Environmental, social and governance factors (ESG) alongside sustainability are hot topics in business right now. Employees are increasingly scrutinising what employers are doing to promote sustainability, not least in the benefits they offer.

How does the UK PPA market need to innovate?

In this podcast, Gowling joins leading global infrastructure and renewables market analysts Inspiratia to discuss innovation in the UK power purchase agreement (PPA) market, and whether the prices we see today are transitionary and if so, how PPAs can make such prices sustainable and meet the ever-changing needs of both offtakers and sellers.

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Eleven City lawyers make the grade in Clifford Chance promotions

Clifford Chance has elected 29 lawyers to its partnership, in a round that saw 11 elevations in London. Most of the promotions, which will be effective from May, have been made in the firm’s European offices, in particular the UK. The number is slightly higher than last year’s, when the firm made up 26 partners, […]

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How to improve your financial management

Effective financial management is typically all about constant focus and incremental change. Throughout this year’s The Lawyer UK 200: Financial Management report you will find ­numerous examples of where and how firms have achieved changes to debt levels or lock-up (the ­combination of work-in-progress (WIP) and debtor days). Even though on the face of it these changes may look slight, ultimately they can have a very significant impact.

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