“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 […]
In a speech at the Royal United Services Institute last week, the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Lisa Osofsky, revealed a list of measures that would, in her view, help to improve the SFO’s crime-fighting capabilities. New ‘failure to prevent’ offence Top of Ms Osofsky’s wish list (indeed, described by her as what […]
Last year saw a resurgence in listed companies incorporated in the Cayman Islands, with links to Asia, de-listing from global stock exchanges. This is a trend continuing in 2021.
In 2019, the “underwriting nature” initiative led by Swiss Re culminated in the first ever coral reef insurance policy.
On 22 September 2020 the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) fined liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) distributor AmeriGas Polska Zl730,000 (€160,000) for failing to notify a takeover.
The Grand Court has handed down an instructive judgment appointing “light-touch” provisional liquidators over Midway Resources International, a pan-African focused upstream oil and gas company, incorporated in the Cayman Islands.
Microsoft Teams already enables legal professionals to stay connected and collaborate seamlessly. With the addition of integrated applications, like NetDocuments, Teams can become an all-in-one solution for document creation in a secure and compliant environment.
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Magic circle firms have been modifying lockstep to compete with US rivals.
A bumper year for Singapore should give Paris pause for thought.
With London firms thriving in the city, Bristol’s old guard have competition on their hands.
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What the magic circle’s 2021 partner promotions round can tell us.
House prices in London have been increasing faster than lots of lawyers’ salaries.
A holding company owned by Mike Ashley is bringing a competition claim against the Football Association Premier League following a failed Saudi Arabian-led takeover of Newcastle United Football Club (NUFC). With RPC partner Lambros Kilaniotis instructed as the claimant’s solicitor, St James Holdings Limited is suing the Premier League after its proposed takeover of the […]
While some firms opened offices in Dublin to avoid Brexit disruption, Stephenson Harwood set up a legal entity in Greece, its LLPs have revealed. To avoid any potential problems caused by Brexit, Stephenson Harwood has launched Bowen-Morris & Partners in Piraeus. This new entity emerged after the firm converted the branch to a Greek law […]
A Linklaters duo have left for a magic circle rival, The Lawyer can reveal, becoming partners in its City leveraged finance practice. Allen & Overy has hired Annette Kurdian and Robert Burt. Kurdian joined Linklaters in 2001 and became a partner in 2006. As part of her practice, she advises financial institutions and alternative credit […]
The independent review of last year’s Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) has found that the three-way relationship between the BSB, the eight law school providers of the BPTC, and the electronic testing company Pearson VUE, which delivered the online exam, “ultimately contributed to the complexities in the booking and delivery of the examinations.” The Director […]
Baker McKenzie has returned its newly-qualified (NQ) salaries to normal rates, after a reduction during the pandemic last year. The firm crunched salaries by £2,500 (3 per cent) to £87,500 and dropped the sign-on bonus last June. The announcement came a week after Bakers had said it had no plans to reduce salaries for trainees […]
The past year has been one of disruption for businesses everywhere. Daily team catch-ups migrated to Zoom and progress meetings once rewarded with a pint are now paired with anxiety around job security. Responses to the pandemic, such as switching to remote working, have exposed the considerable inefficiencies of conventional working practices. Confronted with this […]
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