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Hogan Lovells joins war for data privacy talent with new hire

Hogan Lovells has made a bid to remain at the top of the data protection boom, with a new hire in its privacy and cybersecurity practice. Privacy partner Nicola Fulford has been brought in to join the firm’s 12-strong team from Kemp Little, four years after the launch of Hogan Lovells’ privacy and cybersecurity practice. […]

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Wildgen opens first international office with London launch

Benelux firm Wildgen has opened its first overseas office with the hire of former hedge fund in-house lawyer Mark Shaw to head up its UK operations. The firm has set up a small one-partner office in Mayfair, though will look to move into space in the City once it begins to expand. Speaking to The Lawyer, […]

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HMRC’s Gill Aitken exits after four years

HMRC is set to kickstart the hunt for a new general counsel as top lawyer Gill Aitken prepares to leave after four years. Aitken joined HMRC in 2014 to lead the Solicitor’s Office and legal services, advising HMRC and HM Treasury on all aspects of tax law and leading a large litigation practice safeguarding tax […]

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Lisa Osofsky confirmed as next SFO director

After weeks of delays, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has confirmed that former FBI in-house star Lisa Osofsky will be its next director. Osofsky, who is currently the managing director and European head of investigations at Exiger, will replace interim director Mark Thompson on 3 September. Osofsky, who The Lawyer tipped to replace the outgoing David […]

Ex-Slaughters litigation head tipped for FRC role

Former Slaughter and May dispute resolution head Elizabeth Barrett is set to join the Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) enforcement division, The Lawyer understands. It is expected that Barrett – who led Slaughters dispute resolution practice between 2004 and 2008 – will be brought in after the appointment of interim executive counsel and director Claudia Mortimore. Gareth Rees […]

Analysis

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Star legal writers: regulatory and competition

This week’s top briefings writers from TheLawyer.com cover the regulatory and competition sectors, including how philanthropic fundraising through crowdfunding can clash with insurance claims, new UK public procurement rules, and Ukraine sanctions law.

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Crossing the divide: cross-border work and the Finance Team of the Year award

Cross-border work and political tensions are dominating this year’s entries for Finance Team of the Year at The Lawyer Awards. A complex sanctions and regulation landscape in Europe underpins many of the finance and banking work throughout the past year, with transactions impacted by international disputes and stringent regulatory requirements. This year, some of the […]

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From in-house counsel to business partner: what you need to know

A study published recently by PwC looking at the global state of information security shows that many organisations lack both clear leadership and strategies for tackling the security threats they face. Indeed, not only do many fail to know how many security breaches they suffer, but the annual survey of business executives reveals they feel […]

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Demystifying e-discovery: the art of the possible

Given the growth in the amount of data businesses create and store, it’s a good point in time to determine how companies and law firms are working with eDiscovery and computer forensics. in association with  The Lawyer Research Service and Grant Thornton teamed up to survey over 300 private practice lawyers and in-house counsel in […]

Featured Briefings

Slovenia – Cryptocurrency services to prevent money-laundering

By Anže Skodlar Crypto assets and among them cryptocurrencies, which this article focuses on, have proven themselves as an eminent opportunity in many aspects of the new digital economy, giving birth to new innovative enterprises and enabling exchange of value in a decentralized manner. This is also evident in Slovenia, being a well-known hub of successful […]

Establishment of innovation scientific and technological centres in Russia and other incentives for participants

By Yana Dianova Since August 10, 2017, the Federal Law of July 29, 2017 No. 216-FZ has been in effect in Russia, providing for the legal basis for establishment and operation of innovation scientific and technological centres in order to implement the priorities of the scientific and technological development of the Russian Federation, increase the investment […]

Russia signs application of special economic measures due to unfriendly actions of Ukraine

By Yana Dianova On 22 October 2018, the President of the Russian Federation signed Decree No. 592 “On the application of special economic measures in connection with the unfriendly actions of Ukraine in relation to citizens and legal entities of the Russian Federation”, according to which the federal government bodies, local authorities, organizations and individuals under […]

Can your workplace deal with sexual harassment allegations?

By Paula Rome Although harassment is firmly front and centre in the media it would appear in a large number of workplaces there has been little practical impact. If we now have a newly empowered workforce who are willing to raise issues and employers are not dealing having to deal with issues then some employers […]

Transparency between trustee and settlor may reduce disputes

By Sally Edwards The issue of confidentiality in relation to trusts has been much discussed recently, with the introduction of reporting requirements such as the Common Reporting Standard. As with the introduction of customer due diligence requirements, while initially causing some consternation, the need to report appears to be gaining acceptance among settlors and beneficiaries […]

Workplace Pensions Reform

By Liz Wood, Ruth Ormston, Hannah Beacham Employers need to ensure that the pension schemes they use to discharge their workplace pension reform (automatic enrolment) obligations will be ready for the second and final increase in minimum contributions in April 2019, otherwise known as steady state. Our pension and employment experts consider what employers need to think about […]

Podcast: Crucial customs and border issues caused by protectionist laws and other barriers

By Ursula Johnston, Sean Giles To build on the findings from our whitepaper, Protectionism 2.0: Digital forces driving the new protectionist agenda, our latest podcast sees Gowling WLG’s Ursula Johnston and Sean Giles talk to national journalist Andrew Cave, a writer for the Daily Telegraph and Forbes magazine. The podcast explores the crucial customs and border issues […]

Donating money to UKIP might lead to a heavy tax bill

By Aidan Grant Aaron Banks attempted to use the European Convention on Human Rights to argue that HMRC was wrong to charge £163,000 in inheritance tax on certain donations he made to UKIP. Putting to one side the irony of a major backer of UKIP and Brexit using the ECHR to obtain a favourable tax position, […]

Tools and solutions for increasing access to international arbitration – An overview

By Malcolm Simpson, Gwendoline Davies, Nick Lees Parties have been concerned for some time about the length and cost of arbitration, and how these issues can be effectively controlled. This article considers the factors affecting accessibility, how arbitral institutions can help, and how the parties can help themselves; different available tools and innovative solutions that can be deployed […]

Guide for facing review fraud in online retail

By Gwendoline Davies Fake reviews have featured in the press a lot recently, but they are certainly not a new phenomenon and such practices have no doubt existed for as long as people have been reviewing products and services. However, the explosion of the online retail marketplace has made fake reviews a very lucrative business. At […]

Supreme Court – Sporting rights over land are capable of being easements

By Maria Connolly Purely sporting or recreational rights over land are capable of being easements, the Supreme Court has confirmed. In a judgment handed down today the Court held that, so long as such rights satisfy the four well-established characteristics of easements, there is no reason why they should not be easements (Regency Villas Title […]

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