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Focus on COP26: The future of affordable living

The hosting of COP26 in Glasgow this year shines a spotlight on the UK in relation to sustainability performance, applying more pressure on organisations to demonstrate their green credentials and to encourage the development and usage of sustainable technologies in the race to net zero.

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Pinsent Masons is facing an increasingly uphill battle in the mammoth Skat litigation concerning 21 separate legal teams, 76 defendants and an alleged £1.5bn fraud. In a recent hearing involving the Danish Customs and Tax Administration (otherwise known as Skatteforvaltningen) and defendants Solo Capital Partners and Goal Taxback Limited, Mr Justice Baker took a “wrecking ball” […]

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Freshfields successfully appeals EU decision for tech giant Apple

EU judges have reversed a European Commission decision, which ordered Apple to pay back €13bn in taxes to the Republic of Ireland. The €13bn penalty in 2016 was the largest ever fine handed out by the commission. It found that for almost 25 years Apple benefitted from illegal state support from Ireland that distorted competition […]

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Travers reduces annual bonuses as part of Covid-19 cuts

Travers Smith has deferred salary reviews and reduced its annual firmwide bonus as part of additional measures to protect the financial stability of the firm. In April, the firm cut monthly partner drawings, with senior partners taking a 25 per cent cut in drawings. It also deferred partner distributions “until the longer-term trading position becomes […]

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Black Lives Matter: an open letter from BCLP London head Segun Osuntokun

I hope that 2020 will be remembered as the year that uncomfortable but important conversations were propelled into the spotlight. Events of the last two months have forced leaders to look at what we can – and must – do better.  As the managing partner of the largest office of a major international firm and […]

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A&O finance duo joins Cahill for long-awaited City push

Cahill Gordon & Reindel, which has been on the lookout to expand its City office, has hired two partners from Allen & Overy’s finance team. Global head of A&O’s leveraged finance practice Jonathan Brownson will join the US firm in September alongside Jake Keaveny, who returns to Cahill after six years. Keaveney formerly practised at […]

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