Legal News - December 2013

How can credit rating agencies be improved?

Adrian Lowcock, a senior investment manager at Hargreaves Lansdown, reviews European Securities and Markets Authority’s recommendations and advises that they could lead to a greater independence of the rating agencies to make changes to a sovereign’s creditworthiness sooner, in anticipation of a deteriorating economic outlook.

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How should pension funds prepare for the new rules?

Will the Pensions Regulator’s increased tolerance towards deficits hamper recovery? Jane Samsworth of Hogan Lovells, and Richard Farr, head of pensions advisory at BDO, comment on plans by TPR to relax its rules on funding.

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Social media and law…#contemptofcourt

Will the Attorney General’s guidance on the appropriate use of social media stem the tide of contempt cases? Amber Melville-Brown and Rupert Cowper-Coles, members of Withers’ reputation management team, explore the sanctions for contempt of court and explain why the Attorney General’s decision is a sensible first step.

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The future of the financial services sector

The financial services sector has seen more than its share of upheaval and regulatory shake up in the UK and overseas over the last few years. Michael Sholem, special advisor, European financial regulatory affairs at Slaughter and May, looks at trends for the future in the sector.

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Is whistleblower protection law ineffective?

Are companies failing to do enough to protect whistle blowers? Edward Cooper, employment practice group leader Slater & Gordon LLP, looks at some of the problems surrounding this fast evolving area of law.

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Diversity quotas—what are the pros and cons?

What implications would women quotas have for employment equality legislation in Europe and the UK? Bruce Caldow, partner at Harper Macleod, looks at some of the key issues.

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Is the legal profession embracing flexible working?

Is the legal sector lagging behind in flexible working? Nicholas Lakeland, partner in the employment law team at, Silverman Sherliker LLP, London, discusses the barriers and potential solutions to offering truly comprehensive flexible working.

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