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Our new weekly briefing

Our new weekly briefing Written by Kyle Macintyre, senior client manager Column by Malcolm Robertson, founding partner Edited by David Gaffney, senior partner 25 April 2022 Good morning, Welcome to our new weekly briefing, View from the Street, in which we will discuss what’s coming up in the working week ahead, as well as ruminating on what’s …

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Re-carving the earth

Re-carving the earth Written by Katie Armour, client managerEdited by Tom Gillingham, partner 31 March 2022  Good morning, “The plum pudding in danger” is one of (vintage cartoonist) James Gillray’s most famous works. It shows former British prime minister William Pitt sitting opposite Napoleon Bonaparte both carving up chunks of the world for their dinner. It’s an …

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Please look after this bear

Please look after this bear Written by Katie Armour, client managerEdited by Iain Gibson, partner 1 March 2022  Good morning, Please look after this bear.  That’s what Paddington’s label read when he arrived in a London station, marmalade sandwich in hand, from deepest darkest Peru. Paddington Bear was the creation of British author Michael Bond and he has a …

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Ice-free geopolitics

Ice-free geopolitics Written by Javier Maquieira, senior associate Edited by David Gaffney, senior partner23 February 2022 Good morning, As is often the case with Vladimir Putin, there’s more to the Ukraine crisis than meets the eye. Climate change, for example, can prove a useful tool for Russia in its conflict with the west over the Ukrainian …

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Trevelyan goes travelling

Trevelyan goes travelling Written by Katie Armour, client managerEdited by Scott Reid, associate partner 21 February 2022  Good morning, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the secretary of state for international trade, will embark on a whistle stop tour of Indonesia, Japan and Singapore this week as the UK edges closer to becoming a member of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for …

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A ban with no exemptions

A ban with no exemptions Written by Javier Maquieira, senior associate Edited by Kevin Pringle, senior partner17 February 2022 Good morning, Conversion “therapy” currently happens in a myriad of countries in all regions of the world, with perpetrators ranging from private and public mental healthcare providers to faith-based organisations and traditional healers. These practices, which claim to …

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Good news

Good news Written by Katie Armour, client managerEdited by Adam Shaw, associate partner 8 February 2022  Good morning, Before Sky picked up Russell Howard’s Good News show from the BBC, I was a loyal and avid fan. Each week he offered an uplifting take on the top headlines and in today’s briefing I hope to deliver …

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He who wields the knife

He who wields the knife Written by Javier Maquieira, senior associate Edited by Tom Gillingham, partner7 February 2022 Good morning, Duplicitous, sly, immature, petulant, and high-handed are just a few of the adjectives a handful of cabinet ministers and senior Conservative MPs reportedly used to describe the chancellor of the exchequer over the weekend. They were referring to Rishi Sunak’s …

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Wordleful Times

Wordleful Times Written by Javier Maquieira, senior associate Edited by Iain Gibson, partner2 February 2022 Good morning, The history of crossword puzzles is fascinating. Created on the eve of the first world war by Arthur Wynne, an editor at the now defunct New York World, the game grew in popularity as the war and the paper’s commercial efforts …

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A world of gamecraft

A world of gamecraft Written by Javier Maquieira, senior associate Edited by Iain Gibson, partner25 January 2022 Good morning, The video games industry is still recovering from the sensational news that was the announcement of Microsoft’s acquisition of games publisher Activision Blizzard last week. Not only did the $75bn deal shock the investor community – driving the …

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