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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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Beckwith’s SDT hearing: the main points of contention

The lead counsel for Ryan Beckwith, a Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner took to the floor today at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, telling the complainant that “you were having a great time at the pub, you went back with the respondent and the pair of you f**ked up.” Restructuring partner Beckwith is facing claims from the […]

Beckwith’s SDT hearing: what the complainant has to say

The audibly upset complainant provided her witness testimony today at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) as Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer restructuring partner Ryan Beckwith’s two-week hearing continues. Beckwith is facing claims from the Solicitors Regulation Authority that he breached two SRA principles, linked to events that took place in 2016 with a former colleague. He is […]

Seven things we’ve learned from DWF’s annual report

Seven months after its main market IPO on the London Stock Exchange, DWF has posted its first annual report as a publically-listed company. Here are seven key points that illustrate DWF’s IPO journey. Direct costs have increased. The firm reports that direct costs, including partner remuneration, increased 14 per cent to £126.9m as opposed to […]

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