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Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Global business is increasingly familiar with the prospect of short-notice public investigatory attention, whether from regulators, law enforcement, political forces or as a consequence of sanctions, and this can – in in some cases – devastate individual and corporate reputation.

Protecting reputation in the spotlight of an investigation

Despite the fact that the threat of an investigation alone can be enough to paralyse a business, early warning signs are often missed and businesses can mistake an investigation risk for a reputation risk. Those who handle serious issues well are able to triage the issue at an early stage and identify its potential impact, […]

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.

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The 60 second interview: Post Office GC on what businesses want from their lawyers

Post Office general counsel Ben Foat talks to The Lawyer ahead of his workshop at the In-house Counsel as Business Partner Conference, in association with EY, explaining the key considerations for transforming the legal function. What are the top three things businesses expect from their in-house lawyers? A strategic business partner that sees the bigger picture and […]

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Freeths secures landmark Post Office victory after £58m settlement

Freeths secured victory for more than 550 former Post Office workers this week as its longstanding group litigation resulted in a settlement for the claimants. Mr Justice Fraser was highly critical of the Post Office in his lengthy verdict stating that its approach to the case amounted to “bare assertions and denials that ignore what […]

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Post Office begins search for new legal panel

The Post Office has set out its stall for a new legal panel, adding that it plans to reduce its existing legal offering to seven firms. In a previous interview with The Lawyer, the Post Office’s legal director Ben Foat revealed that the company had an extensive roster of firms, including CMS Cameron McKenna and Womble Bond […]

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TSB names Post Office GC as new legal head

TSB Bank has named Susan Crichton, previously the Post Office general counsel, as its first general counsel. Crichton joins the bank on 6 January 2014 and will head up the bank’s preparations for an IPO. The appointment follows the recent split of Lloyds TSB Bank. In September Lloyds Banking Group named corporate and M&A head […]

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How WFH could threaten a decade of nearshoring

The seamless transition to working from home has been one of the legal sector’s great recent successes but one overlooked consequence could be the death of the nearshoring trend. Herbert Smith Freehills kicked off the post-recession nearshoring trend in 2011 by setting up shop in Belfast, quickly followed by Allen & Overy’s Belfast office in […]

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