The shape of things to come

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While we all willed Covid-19 to merrily disappear at the stroke of midnight on 1 January, in 2021 we are still very much living in volatile and unpredictable times. Though tempered by vaccine rollout efforts, the convergence of Brexit and the pandemic has created the perfect storm for white-collar crime to rise in the UK, …

Leadership in law in crises requires a human touch

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General counsel and other senior in-house lawyers should not be afraid to show their human side when leading their teams through crises and seeking to deliver on business objectives, prominent figures in the legal market have agreed.

The gender agenda: the firms making progress on diversity

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‘Institutional male dominance is hard to shift – it isn’t enough to want to change; sometimes these things are structural,’ says Travers Smith disputes partner Caroline Edwards of the difficulties women lawyers can face trying to build their profile in the legal market and the directories that reflect it, including The Legal 500.

Significant matters – Autumn 2020

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Sainsbury’s makes cuts to adviser panel Herbert Smith Freehills and DAC Beachcroft were among the firms to win spots on Sainsbury’s most recent legal panel, with the supermarket chain cutting its roster by a third with 11 spots reduced to eight.

The year of working from home

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A growing gig economy, automation, Brexit… the threats to UK employment were already growing. Then a global pandemic hit. As life is redrawn and rebuilt on a near-daily basis by Covid-19, employment lawyers are struggling to recontextualise existing laws while grappling with the ever-changing guidelines being churned out at dizzying speed. Kathryn Dooks, a partner …

Competition at a crossroads

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Mark Friend, partner and head of the London antitrust group at Allen & Overy, argues competition law in the UK is ‘currently at a crossroads’ and cites the current political climate and comments made by the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) former chairman, Lord Tyrie. ‘This crossroads is partly driven by Brexit, and what that …