One set of February figures just published showing the worst retail footfall on record – as revealed by one GC in the room – this panel discussion at Enterprise GC proved a timely reminder of the challenges faced by the retail sector and all those who sail with her.
And with these challenges comes a lot of learning for GCs and senior in-house lawyers in other sectors too. Almost inevitably Amazon – and, by extension digital transformation and disruption generally – dominated some of the discussion. And, it seems, that issue is more acute in the UK than almost anywhere else in the world, given (among other factors) Amazon’s extraordinarily high rate of market penetration. ‘The UK is the perfect size for Amazon’s model,’ said one GC in the know. One more gloomy forecast from the table was that if you’re trying to compete with an Amazon or similar market leaders head on now, it’s too late. Continue reading “Enterprise GC view: Retail in a cold climate – learning from the high street”
A Supreme Court decision which was expected to have significant ramifications for the ‘gig economy’ has disappointed employment partners who hoped the ruling would move questions around workers’ rights further forward.
The Supreme Court today (13 June) unanimously ruled in favour of heating engineer Gary Smith in his claim against Pimlico Plumbers, establishing that he was a ‘worker’ and not self-employed. This meant he was entitled to certain employment rights such as holiday pay, although not wider rights given to full-time staff. Continue reading “Employment partners rue ‘conservative’ Supreme Court judgment in highly-anticipated gig economy case”
Despite Brexit, costs pressures and the loss of financial crisis work, reports of the commercial Bar’s decline are overblown. We identify the sets and the silks redefining the modern Bar
Everyone in the global business community seems to know that many of Britain’s brightest lawyers practise at the commercial Bar, helping to maintain London’s position as a world leader in litigation. Over the past decade, nearly 70% of cases in London’s commercial Court have been brought by overseas clients: Russia, Kazakhstan, Switzerland and the US routinely originate the most litigants. Continue reading “The Bar Elite: Silk and steel”
‘For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace.’
John F Kennedy
When President John F Kennedy stood before Rice University on 12 September 1962 and boldly declared that not only would the US be the first country to land on the moon, but they would do it before the end of the decade, he captured the imagination of a generation. Continue reading “The new space race”
The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that employment tribunal fees are unlawful, allowing trade union UNISON’s appeal in a ground-breaking decision requiring the government to stop charging the fees.
Today’s ruling found the fees unlawful under both domestic and EU law because they had the effect of preventing access to justice. The Supreme Court stated that therefore the fees must be quashed. Continue reading “‘A triumph for access to justice’: Supreme Court rules employment tribunal fees unlawful”
SKADDEN PULLS MOODY’S IN €3BN DEAL
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom led as Moody’s agreed a €3bn (£2.6bn) deal to buy Dutch data group Bureau van Dijk from Swedish private equity company EQT. Skadden advised Moody’s, alongside Dutch adviser Stibbe, while A&O acted for EQT. Latham & Watkins advised the banks, while Baker McKenzie acted for van Dijk’s managers. Simmons & Simmons is also playing a role, providing employment and pensions advice to Moody’s.
Continue reading “Dealwatch”
US employment powerhouse Littler Mendelson has announced it is launching in the UK, through a merger with London-based boutique GQ Employment Law. Continue reading “US employment firm Littler goes big with London takeover”
PwC Legal has hired Marcus Fink, London head of pensions in Ashurst‘s small pensions practice. Fink moved to Ashurst from Weil, Gotshal & Manges in 2008 as a senior associate, and was made up to partner in 2012. Continue reading “Ashurst’s London pensions head makes move to PwC legal”
Legal director, offer and supply chain
Anna Lawrence is legal director of Kingfisher’s offer and supply chain business unit. Formed in 2015, the business brings together the buying teams for a large portfolio of home improvement brands, including B&Q and Screwfix in the UK and Brico Dépôt and Castorama in France, with Lawrence now overseeing everything from managing relationships with suppliers to monitoring IP on thousands of product lines globally.
Continue reading “Rising Stars: Retail”
HSF’s Schaffer to join Magic Circle firm later this year
After first breaking its duck three years ago in Hong Kong with the hire of Morrison & Foerster’s co-head of China capital markets John Moore, last month Slaughter and May caught the eye by making its first-ever lateral hire in London.
Continue reading “Breaking the mould: Slaughters bolsters pensions practice with first-ever London lateral”