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More firms have revealed their trainee retention figures for the autumn. Hogan Lovells has kept on 24 of its 26 qualifiers in newly-qualified (NQ) roles. One is Birmingham-based, and one of the 23 London qualifiers is on a fixed term contract. Ten join the litigation, arbitration and employment group, six go to corporate, three each to finance and global regulatory, and one to IP, media and technology. HFW has kept on nine of its 11 qualifiers. All are on permanent […]
Asda’s general counsel has taken on a newly-combined legal and compliance function to oversee the supermarket’s separation from Walmart and transition to new ownership. Helen Selby, who joined Asda as GC from Mars Wrigley last January, will now serve as GC, company secretary and head of compliance. As part of her remit, she will oversee around 130 employees, including the 73 brought across from compliance. Within the function, there are 25 lawyers covering contract, commercial (goods for resale and goods […]
Leeds-based Walker Morris has changed its flexible working policy after conducting an internal staff survey. The firm carried out research with the University of Leeds Business School last year, asking staff how they want to work in the future. Following the research, the firm’s managing partner Malcolm Simpson has implemented a change in the firm’s working structure. Staff will not necessarily need to come into the office five days a week. The firm, which moved into a new office in […]
Walker Morris has been handed the mandate by the administrators seeking to save Wigan Athletic FC from insolvency. The firm’s head of sport David Hinchcliffe is on call as it seeks a buyer for the club. Three partners from Begbies Traynor have been appointed as the joint administrators. The Championship club has faced significant financial losses during the coronavirus pandemic. Wigan FC was taken over only four weeks ago, with Hong Kong-based consortium Next Leader Fund taking a 75 per […]
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New regulations have come into force which give transferring pension trustees more power to intervene where the requested transfer gives cause for concern, by allowing a transferring scheme to prevent a transfer where there are doubts regarding the legitimacy of the receiving scheme.
On 20 July 2021, the UK Government announced that the National Security & Investment Act 2021 will come into effect on 4 January 2022.
On 20 July 2021, the UK Government published proposals for a new competition regime for digital markets “to make it fairer for smaller businesses, entrepreneurs, and the British public”. These proposals include significant new powers for the Digital Markets Unit which was recently established within the CMA and an enforceable code of conduct for firms with so-called Strategic Market Status (SMS). The Government is also considering new merger control rules for firms with SMS. The proposals are now open for public consultation until 1 October 2021.
Lease termination and real estate litigation experts Martin McKeague and David Manda provide an essential update on a Court of Appeal case in connection with delivery-up of vacant possession and effective lease breaks.
Practical advice on recent and upcoming changes to UK immigration requirements, many of which are significant when it comes to the employment of EU nationals post-Brexit.
Southern Water has been hit with the largest ever fine for environmental offences after pleading guilty to 51 charges relating to unauthorised sewage discharges between 2010 and 2015.
Whether or not you need to obtain planning permission to change the use of land which is currently an agricultural use to allow equestrian activities depends on whether the equestrian activity falls within the statutory definition of “agriculture”.
In June, a consultation was launched into new powers to prevent listings, Primary Market Bulletin 34 and a new edition of the Takeover Code were published, and we look ahead at July’s developments.
Although hyped as “the most important bit of post-Brexit legislation yet”, the Subsidy Control Bill published by the UK Government on 30 June 2021 largely builds on commitments made by the UK under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which have had effect since the end of the Brexit transition period. The draft legislation nevertheless provides some useful clarity on key aspects of the proposed regime that is expected to come into force in 2022.
Afshan Iqbal, Doctoral Researcher at Leeds University Business School, and Lucy Gordon, Director in the Employment Team at Walker Morris, discuss working from home during the pandemic, and what employers need to think about when transitioning back to the office.
On 4 June 2021, the European Commission adopted a set of new and improved standard contractual clauses (SCCs) for personal data transfers from controllers or processors in the EEA to controllers or processors established outside the EEA. The EEA comprises the EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Then just a couple of weeks later on 28 June 2021, the European Commission approved two final adequacy decisions in favour of the UK, one under the EU General Data Protection Regulation and another under the Law Enforcement Directive, securing the UK’s status as an adequate destination for the export of EEA-origin personal data.
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