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EU Regulator Warning on Post-Brexit Financial Services EU Access Exemptions

The European Securities and Markets Association (“ESMA”) has published a statement on reverse solicitation of clients by third country firms following Brexit and the end of the UK transition period on 31 December 2020. It has identified what it calls “questionable practices” by firms in this regard, for example, using general clauses or online pop-up “I agree” […]

Dealing with Requests for Flexible Working under Jersey and Guernsey Law

There is no doubt that enforced working from home (‘WFH’) during the early stages of the pandemic has accelerated changes in the way we work. Partly motivated by the initial response to lockdown measures, partly by a need to accommodate individual circumstances, employers and employees have had to adapt to changes in where, how and […]

UK Government Announces Changes to DAC6 Post-Brexit – Impact For Ireland

EU DAC6 – Mandatory Disclosure of Reportable Cross-Border Arrangements Directive 2018/822 (DAC6) is an EU Directive requiring EU intermediaries or taxpayers to report information on certain cross-border arrangements to their local tax authorities.  Our previous client updates in relation to DAC6 can be found on our website here1 and here2. In an unexpected move on 31 December 2020, […]

Big Tech worldwide regulation: not if, but how

We appear to have reached a global consensus that it is no longer a question of if we should regulate Big Tech but how we regulate, with a flurry of legislative proposals in Europe and legal actions in the US jostling for attention in the final weeks of 2020.

Firms told to look out for domestic abuse signs

The pandemic is making employers and employees re-assess the value of the workplace. One factor, as Business Minister Paul Scully MP has pointed out, is rarely considered: are employees being subjected to domestic abuse?



Many Canadian power sector organizations are taking a proactive approach to hiring and developing talent more reflective of the diverse communities they serve. In an increasingly globalized, digitized, and interconnected world, the power sector will need to draw upon skills and expertise from diverse sources, particularly as the world strives to meet the challenge of […]

Barrister of the week: Three Raymond Buildings’ Alisdair Williamson QC

It was a moral conundrum for many in the legal market, but Alisdair Williamson QC (Call: 1994) believed in Ryan Beckwith’s case throughout. From the initial defeat in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) through to his client’s successful High Court appeal, Williamson represented the former Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner in his battle against the Solicitors […]

Slaughter and May

Salaries at Slaughters to stay frozen until next year

Salary freezes at Slaughter and May are set to continue, as the firm faces the economic fallout of the pandemic. The freeze will now be reviewed next year. In response to Covid-19, the firm had put quarterly partner distributions on hold in April and deferred annual salary reviews. The firm has recently reinstated partner distributions […]

talent pool microscope

You have no idea how small the PE talent pool is

It can take firms years to secure a trophy private equity hire, but demand is outweighing supply across The Lawyer’s UK Corporate 50. According to data collected since 2018, 37 per cent of corporate laterals at the UK’s largest firms were PE specialists. These include Kirkland & Ellis partner Carl Bradshaw who moved to Goodwin, […]

Bank Station London City

Quinn bucks the trend and expands City real estate

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has decided to take up extra space in its City building and extend its lease. The firm has taken on an extra half a floor in its premises in High Holborn. It opened its London office in 2008 and it has since grown into one of the top litigation firms […]

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