Disputes Yearbook 2021

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What’s next? A Covid-19 cloud has obscured the current disputes landscape, but as the fog fades, what will be keeping restless litigators busy?

Nothing is certain

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The ever-changing world of data protection has lost none of its pace. Exacerbated by the almost global transition to a life online, homes became offices, Zoom became the go-to meeting place and Teams became the world’s virtual water cooler. With this increased reliance on technology to support remote working and digital communications, the need to …

Significant matters – Spring 2021

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Vodafone emphasises ESG in new eight-firm panel Vodafone has completed the latest refresh of its legal adviser panel, selecting eight firms based on a commitment to shared diversity and ESG best practice.

The Covid realignment

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‘Insurance is in a perfect storm at the moment. After years and years of what we would call a soft market – characterised by overcapacity, with insurers competing on price and breadth of cover, leading to broad policy wordings and cheap product – a series of events, of which Covid is just one example, is …

OK Boomer: the Gen-Z effect on brand management

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The older cohort of Gen-Z – those born roughly from 1997 to 2012 – is now coming of age. Accounting for over 40% of consumers worldwide, Gen-Z are an increasingly financially autonomous demographic, with significant cultural and spending power that is only predicted to grow.

Significant matters – Winter 2021

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BT to invest £2.7m into NI legal support hub Telecoms giant BT announced in December it is poised to commit £2.7m in investment to create a new legal support hub in Belfast that will house 30 commercial lawyer positions over the next four years.

In-house technology in Asia Pacific: risk aversion

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As the saying goes, ‘Ask a hundred lawyers and you’ll get a hundred answers’. Ask over a hundred lawyers about legal tech and the picture becomes even less clear. The legal tech ecosystem itself is so fragmented that almost no two GCs have the same thing in mind when talking about their use of technology.

Game of two halves

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‘This is my third lockdown at Latham,’ laughs Sam Newhouse, the M&A partner who left Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer a year ago for Latham & Watkins just as the coronavirus pandemic started to tighten its grip. The observation is poignant. In the Covid-19 world, we have all become used to delineating the passage of time in …