The management interview – James Palmer

The management interview –  James Palmer

Legal Business: What has the pandemic taught you about leadership?

James Palmer: Everything teaches me. The last 15 months or so have been – and I’ve said this internally – the most extraordinary of my lifetime in most respects. Who would have anticipated this? I like change and challenge, but nothing prepared me for a year at home. Has it taught me things? Oh boy – yes! Continue reading “The management interview – James Palmer”

The Legal 500: Competition: Close competition

The Legal 500: Competition: Close competition

‘Brexit was a big moment,’ notes Allen & Overy (A&O) London antitrust group head Mark Friend. ‘It has big ramifications for antitrust practitioners because the CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) is no longer able to enforce EU competition law but on the other hand, it is increasingly flexing its muscles. The high-level theme is that the CMA has an opportunity to compete on the international enforcement stage – freed from the shackles of the EU. We’ll see it taking an increasingly high-profile role.’

The UK’s departure from the EU has had an impact on all areas of legal practice, but perhaps none more so than antitrust and competition. Traditionally, the CMA as the UK regulator was largely subservient to the EU, meaning that all high-level work was European-facing. Though one may expect that Brexit would cause the London market to suffer, the emergence of the CMA as a global regulatory force has meant that London competition work is of greater global importance than ever before, to the extent that numerous US giants have been in hiring mode. Continue reading “The Legal 500: Competition: Close competition”

The Bribery Act, ten years on: Has it properly tackled corporate misconduct?

The Bribery Act, ten years on: Has it properly tackled corporate misconduct?

Marking the ten-year anniversary of the Bribery Act, senior white-collar lawyers from private practice and in-house have agreed that significant progress has been made thanks to the legislation. They also engaged in a lively debate looking ahead to identify what more needs to be done to tackle corporate malfeasance.

Legal Business, in conjunction with Paul Hastings, hosted an online event featuring an all-star cast of partners and general counsel (GCs) alike with the aim of establishing whether the Act has had the enforcement impact it originally intended. Continue reading “The Bribery Act, ten years on: Has it properly tackled corporate misconduct?”

Access your print copy online – LB303

Access your print copy online – LB303

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Women leaders: Women of the revolution

Women leaders: Women of the revolution

‘There’s finally a new wave of senior leadership and it’s in the form of smart women. Whatever the reason, I think it’s great that we have a number across the City right now.’
Natasha Harrison, deputy chair and managing partner of Boies Schiller Flexner

‘I don’t like the gender divide. Everyone should be treated equally. There are a lot of good male leaders out there too. It would really piss me off if I thought I was only appointed because I’m a woman.’
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European Super League: Caught offside

European Super League: Caught offside

It was the football story of the year – eclipsing even Lionel Messi’s move to PSG and football not quite coming home – almost beyond belief in its audacity. On Sunday 18 April, The Times broke a story that 12 leading clubs from England, Spain and Italy had agreed to break away from UEFA’s Champions League competition and launch their own independent format: The European Super League (ESL).

To say the proposals were unpopular is a gross understatement: the following 48 hours of football coverage on all networks was a non-stop barrage of condemnation from fans, players and pundits alike. Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville captured the mood of many when he attacked the 12 clubs live on Sky in a red-faced rant that accused them of arrogance and greed. Continue reading “European Super League: Caught offside”

The Legal 500 IP: Validity in the opposition

The Legal 500 IP: Validity in the opposition

A cursory glance at The Legal 500’s IP coverage – which was recently split into a distinct patents table alongside a trade mark, copyright and design table – makes for a head-scratching read. In a legal discipline that attracts sophisticated, technical expertise, fortune favours the innovative as much as the who’s who of the City elite, or indeed the prestigious US names that are continually encroaching on London territory in the corporate space.

But even within this diverse, cutting-edge practice area, comprising teams as unique as the clients instructing them, there is much contention as to which approach fits best in a rapidly changing environment. Continue reading “The Legal 500 IP: Validity in the opposition”