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Sky Group hires new GC

Sky Group’s general counsel has left the business, leading to the appointment of a new legal head at the broadcasting company. Niamh Grogan has joined Sky as its new group general counsel after leaving multinational insurance adviser Willis Towers Watson. There, she was its global deputy general counsel and chief compliance officer for more than […]

Vicky Harris, Pharma Intelligence

Warburg Pincus’ new pharma purchase appoints GC

Pharmaceutical research and analytics group Pharma Intelligence has appointed a new general counsel. Vicky Harris comes from Warburg Pincus where she was a consultant. She moves into her role as general counsel for Pharma Intelligence, given that the acquisition of the business by the private house has now completed. In February this year, The Lawyer reported that […]

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RPC, Matrix and 5RB litigators lock horns over future of libel law

Litigators from RPC and Matrix Chambers debated with a 5RB silk over the future of libel law yesterday, in an evidence session before the UK Parliament’s Justice Committee. The one-off hearing was held to investigate potential reform concerning strategic lawsuits against public participation – known in the United States as SLAPPs – something that the […]

London

Squires hires first UK head of data protection

Squire Patton Boggs has recruited its first UK head of data protection, information law and cyber security in a bid to grow out the practice. David Naylor joins the firm from Wiggin, where he served as the head of its data protection, information law and cybersecurity practice and was former co-head of its technology practice. […]

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Clifford Chance hires tech partner from Norton Rose Fulbright

A partner from Norton Rose Fulbright’s technology, media and telecoms team has joined Clifford Chance, making him the firm’s second City lateral hire in five months. Zayed Al Jamil is expected to join Clifford Chance on 1 May. He has spent more than five years at Norton Rose Fulbright, making partner in 2021. At Norton […]

Analysis

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Four things the Comcast deal tells us about City M&A

Over the weekend, nearly two years of tussling for UK media giant Sky came to an end when Comcast’s £30bn bid trumped 21st Century Fox. But while magic circle firms maintain only they can act on big-ticket M&A, the variety of advisers on call was striking. Here’s what we learned.

Featured Briefings

Online Harms regulation – getting closer?

The Government’s much anticipated response to the Online Harms White Paper consultation has finally been released but those seeking clarity at this stage may be left scratching their heads. It appears to represent no more than an indication of the Government’s direction of travel under considerable media pressure to ensure that “something must be done” […]

The digital evolution of Baker Mackenzie, a Turtl case study

Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie have positioned themselves as The New Lawyers – a breed that embrace innovation to give clients confidence in these volatile and uncertain times. In this context, the firm’s marketing function has committed to evolving their digital maturity, bringing strategies and tactics in line with the firm’s brand message. This […]

Trends in the food and drink sector

By James Webb Despite 2018 being a very tough year for many in the food and drink industry, according to research compiled by Grant Thornton, M&A and private equity deal activity in the sector remained steady with a fall of just 2.8% compared to 2017. This is supported by our experience during the period where […]

Leaked nudes and talent morality clauses: A lesson for the digital age

Not every morality clause is created equal and the parties must consider what they hope to achieve when drafting the clause in order to ensure their reputation is protected. In November 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed a leave to appeal application on the application of a morality clause. Certain lessons can be pulled from […]

Blockchain technology in the art market gaining popularity

By Valentina Falicheva A notable trend since Bitcoin gained its popularity has been an incredible rise in the interest in the technology behind Bitcoin known as Blockchain, which is the “thing” which allows cryptocurrencies to function. Some statistics indicate that the global blockchain market is expected to be worth $20 billion in 2024! In this article, […]

Revolutionising Africa’s healthcare system

By Robert Breedon, Tom Gray, Elwin Morgan Africa’s healthcare is in the midst of an innovation revolution that, as PwC say, “…is transforming Africa’s economic potential, creating new target markets and unprecedented consumer choice”. This innovation revolution is powered in part by traditional methods of funding human capital development in areas such as development and […]

Over half of UK SMEs still unfamiliar with GDPR

18% of businesses say fines would put them at risk of insolvency Some 55% of UK small businesses are still not familiar with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) despite its introduction being now less than a year away…

Ireland’s data protection bill: circuit court to confirm fines

…Head 80 of the General Scheme states that where a controller or processor is fined and does not appeal a decision to the Data Protection Commission, then the Commission will apply to the Circuit Court for confirmation of the fine. The Head goes on to state that the Circuit Court must then confirm the fine […]

Romania – mandatory e-mailboxes for professionals?

The Romanian Senate adopted a draft law regarding the “electronic headquarters of economic operators” (the “Draft Law “). The Draft Law regulates the mandatory use by professionals of predefined electronic mailboxes (e-mails), as identification element and means of receiving correspondence. Similar legal provisions are already in force in certain countries in the CEE/SEE region, such […]