“We want the UK….to be the best place in the world to start and grow a digital business”. With this ambitious aim, the Government has laid out its National Data Strategy, focusing on unlocking the value of data, establishing a pro-growth data protection regime, and championing international data flows to promote economic development.
By Greta Barkle In April 2019, the UK published an Online Harms White Paper proposing a broad new statutory duty of care for social media companies and platform providers to tackle widespread concerns about a host of online issues, from terrorist and child sexual abuse content to cyber bullying and trolling. More than 18 months […]
By Cindy Laing, David Hardstaff On 19 October 2020, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) published interim legal guidance for prosecutors on rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO), to be applicable from 1 November 2020. The new guidance is said to be the “first full refresh since 2012”, and aims to reflect the shifting contexts in which […]
By Alex Swan BCL’s Alex Swan writes about the recently heard appeal of R(KBR Inc) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office, which raises issues regarding the extraterritorial effect of the SFO’s powers. Last week the Supreme Court heard the long-awaited appeal in the case of R (KBR Inc) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office. The issue before […]
David Hardstaff and Bethan Cowlam consider the recent increase to custody time limits and the practical implications in the context of significant court backlogs.
The consequences of Covid-19 appear to have played a significant part in the escalation of financial fraud.
On 9 December 2020 the Government confirmed that the evictions ban on commercial tenants for non-payment of rent will be extended until the end of March 2021, protecting business owners affected by COVID-19.
A number of cases involving corporate libel claimants were decided before the Supreme Court’s decision in Lachaux v Independent Print finally settled the meaning of the “serious harm” test.
Legal reforms that took effect from 6 January 2021 have created a central register of directors and other “significant persons” of certain types of Jersey entities and changed the rules around annual returns.
A firm recognised there was a training gap that required CDMs to be upskilled as developers; both in the way they saw themselves as developers but also in their skills as developers.
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A recent welter of City office moves and lease renegotiations limited Slaughters’ options.
Strategic merger opportunities lie in the lower echelons of the UK Top 200.
Which organisation has had most lawyers featured in the Hot 100 over the 20 years?
Revived interest in Japan from certain law firms may have something to do with the Rugby World Cup.
Kirkland & Ellis and Simpson Thacher are expected to deliver another strong set of results in coming weeks.
Boutiques are now looking like a particularly attractive option.
Another partner from White & Case’s disputes department is leaving, as Steven Baker exits the firm after three years. Baker joined White & Case in 2018 as part of an expansive lateral hiring strategy in the City. In 2018 Baker left Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft to join White & Case alongside international arbitration partner David […]
Shoosmiths has appointed its head of personal advisory as its first general counsel (GC). Richard Follis takes on the inaugural GC role at the 196-partner firm, where he will enhance focus on managing the increasing compliance burden required to support business activity, as well as take on the quality and risk responsibilities that sit with […]
A team of lawyers and technologists from Ashurst’s NewLaw arm is set to take on teaching duties as part of a module launched by the firm with the University of Stirling in Scotland. The firm is working with the university on a strategic partnership aimed at cultivating talent that will be able to populate the […]
The chief marketing officer and executive board member of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is leaving the firm after 12 years. The departure of Lucy Murphy, chief marketing and business development officer at the magic circle firm, was announced internally in an email, sources told The Lawyer. Murphy had been in her role since 2015. Sitting on […]
UK firm Penningtons Manches Cooper has made its first partner hire in Singapore following its 2019 merger, in what is also its first steps towards building an Asian corporate practice. As part of its strategic expansion in Asia, Penningtons has hired corporate partner Nick Dingemans in Singapore from UK rival Watson Farley Williams, where he […]
Linklaters has retained 47 of 50 trainees in its spring 2021 cohort, giving it a 94 per cent retention score. The firm follows Allen & Overy in releasing its qualification figures for March. Due to personal reasons one of the 47 is on a fixed-term contract. Nevertheless, the retention figure is the magic circle firm’s […]