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Choppy waters ahead: the decline of North Sea oil

03 April 2017

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On 8 February 2017, Royal Dutch Shell unveiled its plans for decommissioning the Brent oilfield. Many other producers of North Sea oil are considering ceasing operation, or have already done so. However, the decline of this industry may herald the emergence of another: what opportunities does decommissioning present?

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The role of executive pay in promoting responsible business

Published on 24 March 2017.

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Executive pay is a thorny issue. Well-structured remuneration packages can help to ensure that companies are run responsibly for the benefit of shareholders, employees, customers, and wider society. However, when improperly designed, executive pay packages can encourage short-term and risky behaviour which dents public confidence in business.

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Computer says...sell, sell, sell!

Published on 14 February 2017. By Alex Farrow, Associate

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False news stories and the stock market - a toxic combination or a risk-taker's dream?

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Trainees Take on 2017: another year of surprises?

Published on 01 February 2017. By Chloe Johnston, Associate

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2016 was the year of news which no one could have guessed, so perhaps the RPC trainees have taken on the impossible with “predictions” for 2017! This year will see life-changing decisions made on both sides of the Atlantic come to a head: Trump was sworn in on 20 January and the UK will begin the process of untangling itself from the EU in March. These events, amongst others, will surely make for another rollercoaster of a year, so read on to see what else we think might happen over the next 12 months.

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Sugar tax: a sweet deal?

Published on 10 January 2017. By George Barratt, Associate

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The government is trying to curb the nation's sweet tooth this new year, with plans to introduce a new levy on sugary drinks.

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Policing the internet - an age old problem

Published on 05 January 2017. By Joseph Byrne, Associate

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Porn, violence, gambling – how we deal with these taboos of the digital age is a big question, and one which the UK government has started to tackle.

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Trainees Take on 2016: A Year in Review

Published on 22 December 2016. By Sophie Tuson, Associate

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Placing a £10 bet on Donald Trump, Brexit and Leicester City winning the Premier League this year would have made you a millionaire… 30 times over.

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The Twelve "Laws" of Christmas

Published on 20 December 2016. By Harriet Evans, Associate

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With the festive season upon us, we take a look at twelve "laws" and determine their legality with a festive twist.

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Has Brexit cancelled Christmas?

Published on 25 November 2016. By Dani Barnes, Associate

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The pressure is on for brands to compete for advertising success. But what is it about the festive period that encourages brands to spend increasingly eye-watering sums year on year? And has Brexit impacted brands' willingness to splash their cash on adverts this Christmas?

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Smartphones, smartwatches... 'smart' offices?

Published on 18 November 2016. By Sophie Tuson, Associate

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Robot security guards, coffee machines that remember how you like your cappuccino, and smartphone apps which enable employees to control heating and lighting at the touch of a button. Welcome to the brave new world of the ‘smart’ office.

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The Olympic party that nobody wants to host

14 November 2016

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Rio de Janeiro knows how to throw a party. But now that the dust has settled after the carnival celebration of hosting the Olympic Games, what state has the city been left in?

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The Future of America

Published on 07 November 2016. By Rob Paine, Associate

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The presidential candidates offer opposing visions for America. This article takes a brief trip into the two possible futures that await the US on 8 November 2016.

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The cost of power in the US election

Published on 02 November 2016. By Charlotte Thompson, Associate

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Electioneering in the US is big business.

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A Presidential Personality

Published on 02 November 2016. By Rebecca Taylor, Associate

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As much on this side of the pond as on the other, success on the political stage today seems to be determined by candidates’ personalities over their policies.

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Chinese 'netizens' and the US Presidential Election

02 November 2016

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What do grassroots Chinese people think about the US election? Weibo and WeChat, the two dominant online social platforms in China, have provided a mixed answer.

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Clinton v Trump: Battle of Policies

Published on 01 November 2016. By Heather Rimmer, Associate

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Summer 2012: the build up to the election was one of disillusionment, widespread poverty, pervasive economic trouble, and exacerbated inequality. The battle was Obama v Romney. Fast forward four years and here we go again… This time, the battle is Clinton v Trump. The main differential in any political election comes down to policies. So how do the candidates differ?

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The keys to the White House in six easy steps

Published on 31 October 2016. By Chloe Johnston, Associate

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Many of us will find the choice between this year's clashing candidates simple, but the system that put these two hopefuls in the frame is slightly less straightforward.

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How can lawyers intelligently use AI?

20 October 2016

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In recent weeks, the legal press has been inundated with reports of different Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools being utilised by law firms. In case you are wondering what’s what, this post will clarify what a handful of the different systems can do, which firms are using them and the impact on legal services.

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Revisiting the Referendum

Published on 22 September 2016. By Sophie Tuson, Associate

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Never afraid to shy away from the most challenging of topics, in May of this year – with the EU Referendum vote looming – the blog’s Editorial Team decided to tackle Brexit head on.

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What Feng Shui says about your office space

26 August 2016

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Feng Shui holds significant influence over many business people in China. So what's it all about?

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Political adverts – freedom to misinform?

Published on 15 August 2016. By Victoria Noto, Associate

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Promises of an additional £350m per week to be given to the NHS, posters featuring "white thugs" shouting at vulnerable old ladies, and billboards plastered with images of a flood of new refugees. These are just a few of the wildly misleading, harmful and offensive adverts that featured in the build-up to the EU referendum on 23 June.

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Art works: businesses and the value of art

Published on 04 August 2016. By Sophie Newton, Associate

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You're heading to a company's offices for a meeting. Does this company's involvement with art affect its success as a business, and if so, how?

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Making a racket about the tennis pay gap

Published on 29 July 2016. By Charlotte Thompson, Associate

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In 2015 Novak Djokovic, men’s world number one, received $21.65m in prize money whereas Serena Williams, women’s world number one, won less than half of that amount

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How would a Brexit affect the NHS?

Published on 21 June 2016. By Genevieve Isherwood, Associate

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The potential effect of a Brexit on the NHS has become a key political battleground with wildly divergent statistics being quoted and outlandish claims being made by both campaigns. Should the UK vote to leave the EU on 23 June there are a number of potential impacts on the NHS, outlined below.

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How would a Brexit affect employment in the UK?

20 June 2016

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Whilst the papers tell us to panic and the politicians speak of a potential apocalypse, the general view is that there will likely be very little immediate change to employment law should we vote to leave the EU on 23 June 2016.

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How would a Brexit affect Intellectual Property laws in the UK?

Published on 17 June 2016. By Amelia Cave, Associate

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The future of IP law in the UK might not be at the top of your list of considerations when thinking about which way to vote on the 23 June. However, this area of law is heavily harmonised across the EU meaning that a vote to leave could have serious ramifications for businesses relying on IP rights.

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How would a Brexit affect the banking and finance sector in the UK?

16 June 2016

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Financial services represent around £26bn or 57.5% of the City of London's total income and accounts for 7.5% of the total national income of Great Britain; 18% of cross-border lending is arranged in the UK and over 250 foreign banks are in London. A Brexit could threaten the City of London's well established reputation as detailed below.

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How would a Brexit affect the property market in the UK?

Published on 15 June 2016.

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Industry participants have forecast a slowdown in residential and commercial property markets in the lead up to polling day on 23 June.

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How would a Brexit affect the cost of living in the UK?

14 June 2016

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The Brexit campaign is littered with statistics about the impact of a Brexit on the UK's economy. But how does this translate to its potential impact on the cost of living?

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How would a Brexit affect law firms in the UK?

13 June 2016

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As with many sectors, the implications of a Brexit for law firms in the UK are largely unknown and heavily dependent on the UK's relationship with the EU. Law firms will need to be alive to the impact across different practice areas as well as on the business as a whole.

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How would a Brexit affect environmental protection in the UK?

Published on 10 June 2016.

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In 2013, the EU introduced an interim ban on a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids.

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How would a Brexit affect the insurance industry in the UK?

09 June 2016

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The insurance industry plays an essential part of the UK economy and manages investments equivalent to 25% of the UK’s total net worth.

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How would a Brexit affect online shopping from the EU?

Published on 08 June 2016. By Rachael Ellis, Associate

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In or out? No matter which side you’re on, there’s one thing we can all agree on: we buy a lot from Europe.

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How would a Brexit affect our trade relationship with Europe?

Published on 07 June 2016. By Constantine Christofi, Associate

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There are a number of variables which would materially shape our trade relationship with Europe in a post-Brexit world.

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How would a Brexit affect financial services regulation in the UK?

Published on 06 June 2016. By Cristina Faro, Associate

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Financial services is one of the UK's most important sectors, contributing over £126bn to the UK economy and representing 10% of GDP. The key post-Brexit issues for the sector are summarised below.

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How effective is China's corruption crackdown?

04 May 2016

At the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China on 8 November 2012, Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed to hunt down 'tiger and flies'; in other words, crack down on the endemic corruption between high-level officials and lower-level civil servants.

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A Mayor Fayre

28 April 2016

Thursday May 5 2016 will (hopefully) see Londoners flocking to their local polling stations to vote for the next London Mayor.

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How to lose $1,000,000,000,000 in 30 minutes: HFT, Liquidity and Volatility in 2016

Published on 22 April 2016.

The Wall Street we all knew is dead. It has been replaced by high frequency trading (HFT).

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Will staying in Europe mean greater access to Netflix?

Published on 14 April 2016. By Joshua Charalambous, Associate

Given the recent press attention given to David Cameron’s tax affairs it is doubtful that much could chill his concerns at the moment – even watching Netflix.

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Banker bashing: the end of an era?

18 March 2016

Ever since George Osborne's Mansion House speech in June 2015, commentators have been queuing up to argue that "banker bashing" is coming to an end.

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The UK housing crisis: a problem for businesses?

Published on 16 March 2016. By Eliot Henderson, Associate

The UK is in the midst of a housing crisis. But should businesses care? And what, if anything, can they do about it?

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At last – the long-awaited price drop in Hong Kong's residential properties?

Published on 17 February 2016. By Adrian Chang, Associate

As with many of the developed cities in the world, Hong Kong faces the phenomenon of a soaring residential property market.

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Automation isn't the end

Published on 09 February 2016.

There is something almost apocalyptic about the idea that technology will spell “the end of lawyers”, so it is comforting that research suggests that the near future will be more about the automation of activities than the replacement of entire professions.

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NFL to touchdown in London

04 February 2016

The NFL season is reaching its climax with the Denver Broncos preparing to take on the Carolina Panthers on 7 February in the Super Bowl.

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Borrow My Brand

Published on 01 February 2016. By Rachael Ellis, Associate

Businesses, do you want to boost your brand? The answer is simple - borrow someone else's. Perhaps most prominent in the fashion world, 'brand borrowing' is the concept of one brand procuring the use of another brand’s name or logo for their products.

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The Fed awakens: the US central bank raises the federal funds rate for the first time in nearly a decade

13 January 2016

Simply put, the federal funds rate is the interest rate at which commercial banks in the US lend money to each other, usually overnight.

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EU in or EU out?

Published on 18 December 2015. By Constantine Christofi, Associate

The UK will soon be faced with a question that may well have a profound impact on its future and materially shape its place in the world, namely: should the UK remain in or out of the European Union.

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China's Two Child Policy: Too Little Too Late?

08 December 2015

Announced in a very 21st century way, China's official news agency recently tweeted that China will be implementing a policy allowing couples to have two children.

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Employees on Social Media - Managing the Risk

Published on 02 December 2015. By Joshua Charalambous, Associate

Employees who actively use social media can be a fantastic 24/7 dynamic marketing tool for companies.

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Cheating or competing: the blurred lines of business

Published on 11 November 2015. By Joseph Byrne, Associate

Volkswagen, Forex, LIBOR and Enron. All names that resonate with anyone involved in modern business.

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