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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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Partners must take the profits hit

The quickest way to cut costs at hard-pressed firms is for partners to take less out of the business Managing a firm when fee income is at best fluctuating and at worst volatile is challenging, to say the least. Overheads remain painfully consistent (with a tendency to rise) but income is unfortunately much less predictable. […]

Edinburgh

Scottish bar launches dispute resolution service

Scotland’s Faculty of Advocates has launched a dispute resolution service to provide advice on arbitration, mediation and adjudication. The group, known as the Faculty of Dispute Resolution (FDRS), is made up of 28 advocates, including 15 QCs, and can be accessed by anyone seeking resolution of a dispute. According to the FDRS the move is […]

Singapore

Allen & Gledhill raids Rajah & Tann for five-partner team

Singapore-headquartered Rajah & Tann has blamed the exit of five international arbitration partners to rival Allen & Gledhill on “professional disagreements” between them and the firm. The five-partner team, led by former head of international arbitration Chong Yee Leon, are said to have quit the firm because “they had different views of how certain initiatives […]

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Zhong Lun hires first western partner for year-old City base

Chinese firm Zhong Lun has hired the first western partner for its London office following its recent launch in New York. Tom Fairley, who previously worked in the China offices of Norton Rose and Linklaters, brings more than 10 years of international law firm experience to Zhong Lun. His practice focuses on cross-border M&A, disposals […]

Internal intellectual property management

Are you deriving the most value out of your intellectual property (IP) assets? Unless you have implemented an effective IP management programme, the answer will most likely be in the negative. In many cases the IP subsisting in for example marketing properties, products, materials, processes and know-how is what gives a business its competitive advantage […]

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