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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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. […]
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 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  UKSC 46 on coronial practice.
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McDermott Will & Emery is building up its City restructuring practice with the hire of Proskauer’s European restructuring head. Mark Fennessy joins McDermott as head of restructuring in London with fellow restructuring lawyer Sunay Radia, who joins as a partner. Fennessy spent eight years at Proskauer where he specialised in all areas of contentious and […]
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s City revenue is now within touching distance of the $150m mark, after double-digit growth in the office. The firm has posted a rise of 19 per cent from $125m to $149m in London. Globally turnover was up 6.5 per cent to $1.209bn from $1.135bn. The biggest global jump was in […]
Allen & Overy wants to increase collaboration between its lawyers and participants of incubator Fuse, while also expecting to run a “hybrid model” of working once a new cohort of start-ups are chosen. The incubator of the magic circle firm is set to start taking applications for its fifth cohort, with both emerging and established […]
Two of Irwin Mitchell’s most highly-regarded employment partners are to launch their own firm, adding to the blossoming number of boutiques in the City. Shazia Khan and Emilie Cole will go it alone as ColeKhan LLP from 2 May 2021. The pair had previously worked together at Bindmans before moving to Irwin Mitchell in 2018, […]
Taylor Wessing has amended its eligibility rules to enable staff to take career breaks and sabbaticals sooner than usual, in response to the third national lockdown. The firm has removed its usual two-year continuous service eligibility for people wishing to take up these unpaid options, as firms continue to think of ways to support staff […]
Goodwin is eyeing up Sidley Austin’s private equity grouping again, with a number of associates set to join a partner team led by Christian Iwasko and Erik Dahl, The Lawyer understands. Goodwin is thought to be hiring up to six associates from Sidley’s private equity team after Goodwin brought in a partner group spearheaded by […]