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Our future town and city centres

Post-Covid, how do we revive our urban centres, now and in the future? What does the future hold for work, retail, entertainment and living? These were some of the issues discussed when Birmingham real estate partner, Beth McArdle, chaired a session at the Big Tent Festival 2021 in Coventry. Joining Beth on the panel were: Siraj Ahmed Shaikh, Director of Research at Institute of Future Transport & Cities, Coventry University; Trish Willetts, Coventry BID Director; and Cllr Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Regeneration and Climate Change, Coventry City Council.

Modernisation of the British Virgin Islands trust legislation

Legislative amendments to the British Virgin Islands trust legislation took effect on 9 July 2021 under the Trustee (Amendment) Act, 2021. The reforms introduce welcome improvements to the BVI’s Trustee Act and ensure that the BVI remains a leading offshore jurisdiction for the establishment, administration, and maintenance of trusts.

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Clifford Chance delays start date for new flexible working policy

Clifford Chance is postponing the implementation of its long-term UK remote working policy, in light of potential changes in the Government roadmap. The magic circle firm has communicated internally that its policy will kick off in September rather than June. The Lawyer revealed the new arrangements in late April, which were announced as the firm […]

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Ince mulls “away days” as firm eases Covid-19 measures

The Ince Group has ended the salary reductions introduced at the height of the pandemic, as it starts to formulate policies around future working arrangements. In April 2020, the firm agreed salary reductions that ranged from 10 to 30 per cent for employed staff and amounted to 30 per cent for members of the plc. […]

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