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Legal experts comment on the Queen’s Speech

Today the Queen’s Speech set out the government’s agenda for the next session and its plans to build back better from the pandemic and level-up opportunities across the country. The speech contained reference to more than 30 Bills. Some of the most prominent are commented on here.

What does the post-transition grace period mean for employers?

The Home Office recently updated its guidance in respect of what UK employers should be doing to check whether EEA nationals and their family members have the right to work during the post-transition grace period. Below is a summary of the main updates and how this will impact employers for the next two months.

AI – Commission publishes new legal framework

I wrote last autumn about the European Parliament’s approval of proposals for the regulation of artificial intelligence (AI), and the European Commission has now decisively picked up the legislative baton, publishing its comprehensive framework for an AI Regulation.

Replacing the vertical agreements block exemption: approaching a year to go

On 31 May 2021, the Vertical Agreements Block Exemption Regulation (VBER), which exempts certain agreements from the EU and UK prohibitions on anti-competitive agreements, enters its final year of service before its scheduled expiry at the end of May 2022. Both the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the European Commission (EC) have begun consultations on whether to replace the current instrument and its accompanying guidelines and, if so, how the replacements can tackle some of their predecessors’ shortcomings.


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Nicely does it as Bakers picks up top employer award

’Culture of respect’ results in lower attrition; Freshfields’ film festival aids global understanding  Baker & McKenzie was a clear winner in the Employer of the Year category at this year’s The Lawyer Workplace & Diversity Awards – largely because it’s not afraid of the word ’nice’. As a result, 97 per cent of its […]


Herbert Smith plans triple German launch in 2013

Herbert Smith is set to launch in Germany in early 2013, with Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Munich top of the agenda. The move follows the collapse of the firm’s alliance with German firm Gleiss Lutz and Benelux firm Stibbe, which Herbert Smith pulled out of after the European duo voted against a three-way merger (24 November […]


Ashfords plans London expansion through Rochman merger

Exeter firm Ashfords and Central London’s Rochman Landau have confirmed that they are in merger talks. According to the parties, the talks have reached an advanced stage with both sides expected to make a decision in the coming weeks. In a statement, Ashfords’ chairman Simon Rous said: “We’re close to agreeing terms – nothing is […]


Merger Watch

Merger Watch keeps track of the latest law firm deals in the market Who When Total turnover (£m) Total partner count Total lawyer numbers Type Stage Linklaters and Allens Arthur Robinson N/A 1,475 658 2868 Merger Talks Salans and SNR Denton N/A Circa £760m 689 2,000 Merger or joint venture Advanced talks Ashfords and Rochman […]

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Access to Justice Foundation takes on first-ever CEO

The Access to Justice Foundation has appointed its first chief executive officer (CEO) as the organisation looks to raise the profile of the pro-bono sector. Ruth Daniel, who has worked both in house at BT and in private practice at Charles Russell, has taken the job as CEO. The post was created with principal funding […]

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