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What do the Salary Increases of London Based US Firms Tell us About the Legal Market?

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The Times have reported that various US law firms have ‘fired the latest salvo in a pay war.’ Vinson & Elkins raised its starting salary for newly qualified solicitors (NQs) to £153,400, a 4% increase on last year. Similarly, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan increased their NQs’ salaries by £11,000 in just one year. Whilst …

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The Nationality and Borders Bill 2021 – Where is the Tory government’s Moral Compass?

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Once again, the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, is trying to impose another stringent policy which in my opinion is a recipe for disaster. The Nationality and Borders Bill mainly addresses asylum issues, but the new provisions are likely to lead to a lot of uncertainty and litigation for refugees. It has been reported by various …

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Government taken to court over Paying to Pollute

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The Paid to Pollute group formed by climate activists have sued the Government for the public money it wastes on the fossil fuel industry in the North Sea. They have applied for Judicial Review in the High Court, challenging the lawfulness of the UK Oil and Gas Authority’s 2016 Economic Recovery Strategy. According to the …

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What has President Biden Achieved Thus Far?

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Since President Biden’s inauguration back in January, he has now taken Presidency from the former President, Donald Trump. With much of the world’s attention on Coronavirus issues, and perhaps domestic attention on Brexit, Biden’s policies so far may have gone unnoticed.  In January 2021, Biden overturned Trump’s transgender military ban. This was originally announced by Mr. Trump …

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Uber did it, Deliveroo did not

Earlier this year, the UK Supreme Court has ruled that Uber drivers are ‘employees’, eligible to receive minimum wage and holiday pay (further discussed here). And now, Deliveroo riders tried to argue the same, but their ‘self-employed’ status was upheld by the Court of Appeal. Deliveroo riders have been trying since 2017 to unionise and …

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The Pressure to get Fully Vaccinated to Enter Crowded Venues

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On Tuesday 20th July 2021 it was declared by the government that people will be required to prove they are fully vaccinated against coronavirus, for them to enter nightclubs and other crowded venues from September. Nadhim Zahawi said a negative coronavirus test would soon “no longer be sufficient” proof that a person was Covid-safe. Although …

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Child Death Prompts Peleton to Recall Treadmills

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Peleton Interactive, the fitness company that sells internet-connected exercise bikes and treadmills, has recalled more than 125,000 treadmills and paused sales after the machines were linked to the death of a child and reports of other injuries. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission also announced a separate recall of the Peloton Tread and Tread+ treadmills …

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A slight of hand – Has Macron simply replaced one institution for another?

As of April 2021, the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA) dubbed ‘the Strasbourg-based finishing school for top civil servants’  will close and instead be replaced by the new Institute of Public Service (IPS). This change comes from President Emmanuel Macron, who attended ENA himself. Along with the two prime ministers he appointed. So, on the surface …

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