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Who runs the boards?

Who runs the boards? Written by Javier Maquieira, senior associate Edited by David Gaffney, partner17 January 2022 Good morning, In the last decade, the conversation around boardroom diversity has become increasingly earnest as more companies have begun to realise the benefits attached to it. For businesses big and small, improving gender diversity at all levels has been linked …

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And then what?

And then what? Written by Javier Maquieira, senior associate Edited by David Gaffney, partner12 January 2022 Good morning, Concerns over the Omicron variant have been giving way to an issue that threatens to rock British politics to its core. Some economists have forecast a perfect storm brought by rocketing bills and tax rises in what’s already been dubbed a …

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Return of the Cameo King

Return of the Cameo King Written by Scott Reid, associate partnerEdited by Kevin Pringle, partner 11 January 2022  Good morning, Farage is back. Again. Or perhaps, following his call in last week’s Telegraph that a revolt on the right is brewing and he’s ready to be part of it, it’s more accurate to say that the …

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Lessons in obsolescence

Lessons in obsolescence Written by Katie Armour, senior associateEdited by David Gaffney, partner 5 January 2022  Good morning, Cast your mind back to 2010, when Blackberry was at the height of its appeal. Tap tap tapping away on that qwerty keyboard. Exchanging BBM pins. Swapping batteries with a friend to charge your phone. (Here’s a full list …

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De-Frosting UK-EU relations?

De-Frosting UK-EU relations? Written by Javier Maquieira, senior associate Edited by Tom Gillingham, associate partner20 December 2021 Good morning, Boris Johnson’s ‘plan B’ Covid restrictions, tax rises, and the UK government’s net zero agenda. Those were the three reasons Lord Frost cited for his resignation as Brexit minister “with immediate effect” on Saturday evening. Frost’s shock …

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A tale of two inquiries

A tale of two inquiries Written by Katie Armour, senior associateEdited by Iain Gibson, associate partner 17 December 2021  Good morning, On both sides of the border this week, governments have been setting out plans for some almighty inquiries. I suspect that many others, like me, assumed these would come in ‘the aftermath’ of covid. But …

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A half-hearted chameleon?

A half-hearted chameleon? Written by Javier Maquieira, senior associate Edited by Tom Gillingham, associate partner15 December 2021 Good morning, Emmanuel Macron wants the European Union to be defined by one thing and one thing only: power. The French president said so himself last Thursday, when he presented the major European priorities that France will carry during its …

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Cool heads over Ukraine

Cool heads over Ukraine Written by Javier Maquieira, senior associate Edited by David Gaffney, partner8 December 2021 Good morning, Three weeks ago I wrote about tensions at the border between the European Union and Belarus and the part it all seemed to play in Vladimir Putin’s destabilising efforts. The dispute between Minsk and Brussels unfolded as satellite images showed …

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