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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?

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, Senior 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.

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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

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, Senior 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.

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?

17 February 2016

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

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, Senior 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, Senior 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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IndiGo continues to soar over rivals in the Indian airline industry

22 October 2015

On Monday 26 October, InterGlobe Aviation (the operator of IndiGo Airlines) is due to launch its initial public offering (IPO).

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LinkedIn 101

15 October 2015

Use social networks wisely and the rewards are great. Get it wrong and at best, you end up looking like a stalker having viewed your colleague's profile one too many times.

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Sending out an SOS

08 October 2015

Britain's second-biggest steelmaker Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK (SSI UK) announced late last month that its Redcar plant is to be mothballed or closed, with the loss of at least 1,700 jobs.

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Live to Work or Work to Live

11 August 2015

“But what are the hours really like?” is a question that all trainees have been asked at some point, either by fresh faced law graduates sizing up the right firm for them, or by colleagues in other seats assessing their next move.

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Getting Over Time

30 July 2015

The five day working week is the norm in the professional services sector, but is it the most effective basis for structuring our time? After all, professional services do not roll off the end of a production line.

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The Internet of Things

25 June 2015

If you believe the hype, the “Internet of Things” (IoT) is about to take over the world.

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Out with the new, in with the old?

16 June 2015

'The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – that you'd thought special, particular to you. And here it is, set down by someone else, a person you've never met, maybe even someone long dead. And it's as if a hand has come out, and taken yours.' Alan Bennett, The History Boys

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Letting Go Of The Wheel

Published on 28 May 2015. By Emma Kislingbury, Senior Associate

If you are someone who finds yourself regularly gripping the car steering wheel in frustration or mouthing obscenities at your fellow road users in a frenzied rage, then you may have welcomed the recent launch of the UK trials for driverless cars.

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Scraping the bottom of the barrel? The uncertain future of the UK energy industry after the 2015 election

20 May 2015

Before the Scottish independence referendum, Alex Salmond argued that an independent Scotland would benefit from a stronger economy off the back of its oil and gas resources.

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Russell Brand v Katie Hopkins

Published on 07 May 2015. By Genevieve Isherwood, Senior Associate

Whether we like it or not, celebrities can wield a great deal of power and influence; on the clothes we wear, the films we see or the products we buy.

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Carry On Constitution…

Published on 06 May 2015. By Constantine Christofi, Senior Associate

Vote on Election Day, then wake up to a new Government and new Prime Minister. That's what people in this country have been used to for the best part of 150 years.

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The National Health Service: Protecting Britain’s most precious asset

06 May 2015

With the general election now imminent, the hot topic of the NHS is being discussed more than ever before. Which party will protect it the best? Does it need to change? Read on to see!

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The Election: Getting the female vote

05 May 2015

Despite women making up 52% of the electorate women are significantly less likely to vote than men - 55% of women are certain they will vote compared to 65% of men.

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Who's paying (and voting) for Employment Tribunal fees?

01 May 2015

It's about politics. So, what three-word issue links the UK's relationship with the EU, public service funding, gender equality and immigration?

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The rise of the food bank: society in action

29 April 2015

The existence of, and the ever increasing reliance upon, food banks is an issue which has oft been mooted during the run up to the election with Jeremy Paxman ...

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Get your 'om' back

28 April 2015

You may have read Sarah Carmichael's 2014 article 'Are you sitting comfortably' on the dangers of having a predominantly sit-down job. For those of you who didn't instantly hand in your notice and take up a job landscape gardening, there is good news: yoga.

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Cyber Insurance: A Critical Weapon In The War On Cyber Attack

Published on 17 April 2015. By Emma Kislingbury, Senior Associate

It will have been hard to have missed the reports of the recent surge in high profile cyber attacks – whether in relation to the Kaspersky Labs $1bn cyber robbery, points stealing from British Airways' air-miles accounts or the Sony Pictures hack following controversy over the film The Interview.

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Watch where you work

Published on 13 April 2015. By Genevieve Isherwood, Senior Associate

Recently, I attended a law fair on behalf of RPC and was asked an interesting question.

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Precarious parties and general uncertainty – will the UK election lead to EU ejection?

30 March 2015

The general election is fast approaching and once again it's causing headaches in the world of business. It's been the highlight of the political calendar since 1802, but it still manages to instil fear into the heart of every business leader. Why?

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Bond schemes or Bond cars?

05 March 2015

For the ultra-wealthy, the path of pursuing traditional investments is well-trodden. From stocks and shares, to bonds and real estate, there is no shortage of ways and means to play the market.

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Shared parental leave: switching the boardroom for baby care

Published on 26 February 2015. By Rachael Ellis, Associate

Nick Clegg’s new baby - shared parental leave - has been born and, would-be dads, it means you can now spend almost a year off work with your bundle of joy. Why then, are you all so keen to stay at the office?

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Taking the parody?

Published on 13 February 2015.

In October last year, the time honoured British tradition of taking the mickey became enshrined within our legal system as the law was updated to include a parody exception to copyright infringement.

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A perk too far?

09 February 2015

Tech companies have become known for their unconventional benefits packages, which seem to attract envy and disdain from the general public in equal measure.

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Sharing is caring (with a fee)

04 February 2015

Sleeping on a stranger’s sofa; sharing a ride; borrowing a dog for the day. These seem like rather strange concepts, but they are all examples of a huge new "sharing economy" where people rent beds, cars, boats and other assets directly from each other via the internet.

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Brrr! Office chills getting you down? Why office temperature is a burning issue for business

28 January 2015

Winter has settled in across the country and found its way into our workplace. Colourful sweaters, scarves and gloves adorn the office floor.

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It's just not plane sailing

14 January 2015

"The world inhabited by airlines is a glamorous one and starting your own airline has never been easier".

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Out of the frying pan, back to a FIRE economy…

Published on 16 December 2014. By Constantine Christofi, Senior Associate

We have just come through the 'Great Recession' where between 7 – 8% of our national GDP was wiped out and we witnessed the first true existential crisis of our current capitalist system.

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Putting all your eggs in one frozen basket

02 December 2014

Doggy day-care, unlimited holidays, and personal trainers – some companies offer their lucky employees perks which see the rest of us stare into our pre-eight-thirty porridge in a jealous rage.

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Suited. Booted. Recruited?

21 November 2014

As Alex Hitchens in 'Hitch', Will Smith told us that "clothes make the man". Well-dressed though he is, Will Smith did not come up with this idea on his own.

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