Developments in defamation: Scotland and England | Brodies

Legal Briefing

The law of defamation in Scotland is due to be reformed. Although there are similarities in defamation law in Scotland and England, in-house lawyers should be aware of upcoming developments, particularly where there are cross-border considerations.

A new environment of disputes? | Clyde & Co

Legal Briefing

The last 18 months have seen major disruption to the way we live and work as a direct result of the pandemic, the full impact of which is still working its way through global systems.

Corporate criminal liability in the UK: is change in the air? | Steptoe & Johnson

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In what some have described as a development ‘seismic’ in its potential consequences, in June 2021, the Law Commission launched a consultation concerning proposals to reform corporate criminal liability in the UK. The consultation seeks views on whether, and how, to improve the law relating to the identification and punishment of criminal offences committed by …

Compliance programmes and the protection of legal privilege | Steptoe & Johnson

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In recent years, financial crime prosecutors have sought to encourage companies to establish compliance programmes designed to avoid – or at least detect – illegal conduct, by including the requirement as a precondition to their securing a reduced penalty, or other form of leniency, following a compliance incident. In responding to those incentives by implementing …

Moving ethnicity pay gap evaluation from the ‘too difficult’ pile | Eversheds Sutherland

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Against a backdrop of Government expressions of support for ethnicity pay reporting in the UK in 2018 and a consultation paper which appeared to favour some form of Government intervention, the lack of any legislative proposals since had been perceived by some as a sign of waning commitment. Immediate reaction to the independent Government Commission …

The Russian M&A market since the outbreak of the global pandemic | VK Partners

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Economic environment overview The Russian economy was greatly affected by the global epidemic and the decline in business activity. Economic performance was influenced by the OPEC+ oil pact, the drop in oil prices and the volatility in the dollar exchange rate. However, those difficulties were overcome relatively well, since the government implemented support measures to …