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Results of the 2021 Canadian federal election

The Liberal Party of Canada failed to secure a majority in Parliament, but will form another minority government. Little has changed in terms of seat counts, and the composition of the House of Commons will be largely the same in Canada’s 44th Parliament as it was in the 43rd.

Payment for order flow: duty to clients

The discussion around payment for order flow (or PFOF) has been going on for some time in the UK, is nascent in the EU and rages in the US (particularly in relation to retail broking).

Q&A: Supply of goods to Saudi Arabia and GCC preferential tax treatment

Are you considering supplying goods from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia? If the answer is yes, then this is a must-read to check if you qualify for GCC preferential tax treatment (including custom duty exemption), and the commercial implications you need to consider if you don’t.

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BCLP loses private client partner to Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing has hired a new partner from BCLP to boost its private wealth practice. The firm has taken on private client partner Murray North, who starts today and will be based in the firm’s London office. A BCLP partner since 2009, Murray advises high net worth individuals on tax and trusts issues, helping them […]

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Fieldfisher favours London in latest promos round

Fieldfisher has made up eight lawyers to partner in a round that has largely revolved around the firm’s London office. The promotions, which have been effective since the beginning of May, include a smaller cohort than that of 2019, when the firm made up 14 lawyers – its largest promotions round since 2017. In the […]

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Senior’s barrister criticises Bakers for “distancing” itself from former London MP

The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s case against Baker McKenzie, two former partners and the firm’s ex-HR director neared its conclusion today as the parties provided closing submissions to the tribunal. Instructed by Bakers’ former managing partner Gary Senior, 39 Essex Street’s Greg Treverton-Jones QC criticised the firm as he denied all the allegations amounted against Senior. […]

Communication skills for lawyers: digital fatigue strikes in lockdown Zoom world

In 1986 something happened to television in the UK. It went from being a regulated daily dose, interspersed with frequent ‘trade test cards’ to being a 24-hour broadcasting affair. Around the same time mothers would frequently rebuke children for soaking up all that extra TV with the beration-come-warning that they would end up with “square […]

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