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.

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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 […]

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.

Linda Chadderton’s ‘Legally Bound’ wins the Teaching Law with Technology Prize 2020

By Kirsten Maslen On Thursday 8 October 2020, we had the privilege of hosting the Teaching Law with Technology Prize final in partnership with the Association of Law Teachers (ALT). Three worthy finalists presented some inspiring and exciting ideas to engage students and develop practical and technological skills that they can take into their future careers.

Technology trends lawyers should follow considering COVID-19—Part one

By Nayeem Syed As Covid-19 fundamentally challenged the global economy, organisations scrambled to keep the lights on, and collectively, they conducted a giant remote working experiment. Despite some early underestimations, governments injected unprecedented fiscal stimulus, providing vitally necessary confidence ensuring capital flowed and trade occurred. Putting aside the health tragedy, knowledge workers managed well. Their […]

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January typically sees a spike in divorce enquiries for many solicitors – and 2021 is expected to be no different, with the additional stresses and strains COVID-19 has placed on couples and families. But did you know there are several myths surrounding civil partnerships, marriage and divorce? Family lawyers Jane Charlton and Stephanie Kyriacou answer some of the frequently […]

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The government is currently seeking views on a very specific proposal to ban the use of exclusivity clauses in contracts where the workers’ guaranteed weekly income is less than the Lower Earnings Limit, currently £120 per week.

The new trading arrangements with the EU | Brexit

After eight months of negotiation, and some four and a half years after the referendum vote to leave the EU, the EU-UK Trade and Co-operation Agreement signed on 30 December came into force provisionally at 11 pm (UK time) on 31 December 2020, and the UK finally left the EU customs union and single market. […]

Redundancies during COVID-19: Coronavirus job retention scheme extension provides some relief

In comparison to the US, there is a stricter redundancy process in the UK. For UK businesses faced with the prospect of making 20 or more staff redundant, there is an obligation to undertake a collective consultation process, which should consider ways to avoid or reduce the number of employees to be made redundant and mitigate the consequences of the redundancies.

The implications of Maughan: the Chief Coroner’s Law Sheet #6

The new Chief Coroner, HHJ Teague QC, has just published his first legal guidance in the form of “Law Sheet 6” addressing the impact of the case of R (on the application of Maughan) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire [2020] UKSC 46 on coronial practice.

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