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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.

International investment on the value UK cities

After a challenging year, UK cities are gaining foreign investment and developing their presence on the global stage. How has the pandemic, COP-26 and officially leaving the EU impacted the value of investment in the UK from a global standpoint?

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Cadwalader successfully defends discrimination claim in tribunal

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has successfully defended a discrimination claim in the Employment Tribunal, which was brought against the firm by an associate. Ana Maria Knott brought a claim against the firm for indirect sex discrimination. It concerned her return to work in 2018, and whether Cadwalader’s policy of not reducing its billable hours target […]

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Revolut to reveal inaugural panel as part of 2020 in-house strategy

Revolut has started a process to form its first official panel of legal advisers, as the company also launches a hunt for a global legal chief to drive expansion efforts. It marks the first panel review for the fintech company, which has so far been using preferred advisers that were not bound by specific arrangements. […]

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Freshfields retains 90% of spring qualifiers

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has retained 90 per cent of its qualifying trainees for spring 2020. The firm made offers to 36 of its 39 qualifiers, with 35 accepting newly qualified job offers. Training principal Craig Montgomery said: “We are delighted that we are retaining such a high proportion of our February 2020 qualifying intake. This […]

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John Lewis holds a lesson for lawyers in more ways than one

The John Lewis (JL) Partnership model, occasionally referenced by well-meaning souls wanting to address workforce participation without sounding like Corbynite outriders, is currently looking rather strained. The JL shake-up has so far included a new chairman, a merging of two separate operations, a year-end profit slump, a third of management roles gone, projected savings of […]

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