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Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) are at the core of business management and regulation, but it can be hard to understand these concepts, relevant regulation and trends. The following piece has been written with the help of Professor Andrew Johnston who is currently a professor at the University of Sheffield, having studied law as an undergraduate at Cambridge, and completed his PhD at the European University Institute in Florence. He has previously worked…
Before I left there was the barrage of questions. As I arrived, there was the hits-you-in-the-face heat as the plane doors opened. When I left, there was a strange kind of emptiness, a sad reality that things had come to an end, a sense of achievement and loss, many bisoux, a calin or two, and enough confiture, nougat, chocolate, soap, lavender and cheese to see me through the next few months. Much happened in the…
It’s Spring of the academic year, full of fresh starts and new life. Campuses around the UK are flooded with flyers, freebies and freshers’ flu. Familiar faces, tanned from their summer adventures, catch up over coffee, drinks or dinner whilst newcomers linger in huddles, fervently sociable to anyone and everyone they can find. Whether you’re starting afresh, or returning, it’s back to law school. If you’re new to university, you’ve probably mastered the classic ‘name…
A training contract isn’t the only way to use your law degree! Many students become paralegals to use and develop their legal knowledge. This can be a stepping stone onto a training contract, an opportunity to see whether law is for you, or a great way to earn money immediately after your law degree without further study or training. Several of my uni friends and LPC course mates have paralegalling experience, but I knew very…
Avoiding FinTech in corporate practice is becoming more and more difficult. FinTech start-ups litter the market, gladiators battling in high-stakes, high-risk environments where only a few will survive to become fully-fledged unicorns. Developed unicorns have begun to launch IPOs, we see ICOs popping up, FinTech firms invest in huge acquisitions and investments, IP and data queries are increasingly orientated around FinTech, smart contracts are being progressively adopted and there’s a near-constant buzz around the subject…
I’m sorry if I’ve developed an uncharacteristically long delay in responding to your messages. I’m sorry if I’m stressed and grumpy and tired at the moment. I’m sorry if I’m not free for coffee or weekend catch-ups or dinner. I’m sorry if I’ve recently cancelled on your or double-booked myself. I’m sorry if I appear stingy whenever you suggest doing something. The thing is… I’m doing the LPC, because I’m very nearly, almost, a corporate…
Last week saw significant steps taken by the FCA, who have established a firmer stance on the regulation of cryptoassets in UK markets. In late July, the SEC approved a regulated token offering for the first time. These are two simple examples of big shifts in the world of cryptoassets, feeding into one of the current buzzwords of corporate practice: FinTech. Most readers will know that FinTech is the Financial Technology used in the financing…
Before the true corporate commentary begins, I feel I should introduce myself and catch you up on my life so far, since I’ll be the narrator for most of the publications on this site. At least, you should probably be aware of my ongoing efforts to become a lawyer, where I’ve come from, where I am currently, and where I’m working towards. Let’s start with present day… It’s July; the sun is high and hot.…