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Bill 64 marks a new direction in Quebec privacy law — Key takeaways for businesses

On September 22, 2021, the Quebec government adopted Bill 64, An Act to modernize legislative provisions as regards the protection of personal information, enacting significant changes to the requirements governing the use and protection of personal information under various statutes, including notably the Act respecting the protection of personal information in the private sector and the Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information.

Incentivising staff in a green economy: green benefits

Environmental, social and governance factors (ESG) alongside sustainability are hot topics in business right now. Employees are increasingly scrutinising what employers are doing to promote sustainability, not least in the benefits they offer.

How does the UK PPA market need to innovate?

In this podcast, Gowling joins leading global infrastructure and renewables market analysts Inspiratia to discuss innovation in the UK power purchase agreement (PPA) market, and whether the prices we see today are transitionary and if so, how PPAs can make such prices sustainable and meet the ever-changing needs of both offtakers and sellers.

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Linklaters signs up to move into new London HQ

Linklaters has signed the lease to move into a new City headquarters in 2026. The firm will make the move to 20 Ropemaker Street in 2026, when its current lease for its Silk Street headquarters expires. It has signed up to occupy about 300,000 sq-ft spread across 14 floors of the building. It marks the […]

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A&O matches Linklaters with 12-weeks’ paternity leave

Allen & Overy is the latest firm to announce a number of new policies regarding parental leave, following the likes of Linklaters, Ashurst and Paul Hastings. The firm has increased paternity leave from two weeks to 12 for its UK fee-earners and business services staff. Its global HR director Sasha Hardman said: “The face of […]

Linklaters real estate veteran lands at new firm

Linklaters’ real estate veteran Mark Burgess-Smith has resurfaced at Farrer & Co. Burgess-Smith joins Farrers as senior counsel after a career spanning three decades at the magic circle firm, where he specialised in commercial real estate. He joined Linklaters in 1988 after training at Druces & Attlee (now Druces) and made partner in 1996, following […]

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The unexpected joy of being sober: Linklaters designates alcohol chaperones

As firms take a closer look at how they monitor behaviour, Linklaters is introducing a new policy to ensure staff and lawyers are kept in line at social events. The magic circle firm said it had recommended to partners, directors and business leaders that they designate a non-drinking role to a senior person to assist […]

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