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Webinar recording: Blockchain and smart contracts

Our Technology & Digital Team, and Partner Sally Mewies held a webinar discussion with Senior Associate Luke Jackson covering blockchain technologies and all the potential they have in the financial services sector and supply chain.

Podast: Proptech – an opportunity not a threat

By Mehar Patel If we take the traditional management of a block of flats as an example: you might have one person collecting rent, feeding that information into an accounts system, chasing unpaid rent, deciding whether to escalate unpaid rents, paying the money to the owner, paying money to the bank. You might then have […]

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Clifford Chance to ditch gendered language in its documents in new policy

Clifford Chance is encouraging its people to remove gendered language from their documents and communications, a step-up of new policies around diversity and inclusion. The magic circle firm will now produce only gender-neutral documents and contract templates in a new policy that spans all of its practice areas and offices. This language change entails gendered […]

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Dechert promotes City quartet

Dechert has promoted 13 associates to its partnership, with four getting the nod in London. The firm has promoted a further three in New York, two in Washington DC and Philadelphia and one in Paris and San Francisco. The four lawyers promoted in London include: John Bedford, Mark Evans, Jennifer Rees and Karen Stretch. Bedford […]

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Freshfields ponders bonus pot in lockstep reform talks

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is discussing an overhaul of its bonus structure, The Lawyer understands, part of ongoing deliberations being conducted around the firm’s lockstep review. Sources told The Lawyer that the firm is pondering the introduction of a bonus pot, which would replace existing bonus points within the lockstep allowing it to hand out extra […]

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Supreme Court sides with Quinn in pivotal Mastercard/Merricks dispute

In one of the most highly anticipated judgments in recent years, the Supreme Court has today sided with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in the Mastercard/Merricks dispute. A major development in the first US-style opt-out class action in the UK, said to be worth £14bn, the highest court in the land ruled that Merricks’ case […]

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