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author: Louise O'Connor

Almost three years since the UK first plunged into lockdown as a result of the global pandemic, the seismic consequences of that lockdown continue to be seen today, not least through the new model of working which has become prevalent in this country and, indeed, throughout the world. With almost unanimous agreement that hybrid working, […]

Senior Executives on the move are understandably very focused on their new opportunity, and primarily on the terms of their new service agreement (and you can see some tips on this in our Little Book of Senior Executives Appointments & Agreements.)   But often in practice the other crucial issues be forgotten or left to the […]

Following the recent 3rd IFSEA International Conference on Risk, Reward and Reputation Management Issues for Senior Executives & Founders, we are delighted to share with you a follow up video and podcast on the opening plenary session, ‘You’re cancelled! – Are Senior Executives and Founders Properly equipped to respond to generational changes in expectations and cultural norms in […]

This week marks Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, with ‘loneliness’ being chosen as the theme for this year. In this alert, Partner Emma Bartlett and Senior Associate Louise O’Connor explore the impact of mental health in the workplace, specifically, what employers can and should be doing to promote a culture that supports staff and enables the business to thrive whilst also meeting their legal and regulatory obligations.

The recent decision by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to abandon the re-hearing of its prosecution of Claire Matthews, a junior solicitor struck off the Roll by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in 2020 for acting dishonestly, has been widely welcomed by the legal profession.  In this news alert, senior associate Louise O’Connor and partner Andrew Pavlovic consider the potential implications of the decision for junior solicitors and firms moving forward.

Following the Government’s decision to suspend gender pay gap reporting in 2020, and the first half of the reporting period of 2021, Tuesday, 5 October marks the deadline for qualifying employers to report their figures. Despite heralding much optimism upon its introduction several years ago and following the recent period of stagnation, which implied it had in lowered priority, observers are now questioning whether the initiative is sufficient to bring about real change in closing the gender pay gap.

As a senior executive contemplating a move, how to protect your equity should be at the forefront of your mind in terms of optimising your strategy before you officially resign.

Whilst the timing of a resignation will usually be contingent on multiple factors, it is vital that Senior Executives do not act in haste when tendering their resignation.

Opportunities are opening up for senior executives as the UK labour market continues to recover, aided by the relaxation of most Coronavirus restrictions. As a result, many senior executives will either be contemplating a strategic move or facing a possible exit from their current role as a result of restructuring, as companies re-position to take advantage of changes in their sector. In this alert, Partner Merrill April and Associate Louise O’Connor discuss 5 top tips for senior executives to consider when making a strategic move.

During a period where people have experienced multiple lockdowns, separated from their friends and families, the one constant for some has been work, often working remotely from their own homes. In a time where, despite the isolation, many employees may grow closer to their colleagues, employers will be considering the ramifications of workplace romances and questioning what action, if any, they need to take.