Attorneys must be “independent” to represent before courts in the EU

The General Court of the European Court of Justice recently clarified the definition of independence in the legal profession and demonstrated how the viewpoint has evolved since the AM&S and Akzo Nobel decisions.

The evolving roles and responsibilities of companies

Contrary to popular belief, the act of prioritising long-term goals and engaging with stakeholders returns higher profits than otherwise feasible for these companies.

CSR and taxes: taxation is not only about money

At first glance, taxation and corporate social responsibility (CSR) appear to be distant fields, antinomic even. Yet they have come together over the past two years to form two sides of the same coin.

European class actions expected to rise as opt-outs become more popular

These statistics are part of the findings from CMS’s European Class Action Report 2021 over the five year period from 2016 to 2020.

ESG, shareholder activism and judicial developments in the oil industry

From activist stakeholders in annual board meetings to a significant court judgment in the Netherlands, the ongoing decade has the potential go beyond disrupting the energy market.

The COVID crisis catalyses legal tech adoption among law firms

The COVID crisis has pushed law firms to adapt and evolve, accelerating the legal technology landscape.

Post-Brexit Enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters: are there any winners?

The UK Law Societies’ Joint Brussels Office analyses how cross-border commercial agreements will be enforced in a post-Brexit Europe between British and continental entities.

Franco-German response hailed across Europe, critics worry about the extent and scope

The recovery package, hailed by many, could be seen as a landmark decision for the future of the European Union

Perspective on implications of COVID-19 on the legal sector

The short term impact of COVID-19 on people, businesses and markets applies across sectors and market segments, and requires a range of immediate actions, while positioning for the strongest possible future.

Brussels ponders reform of securities trading rules

The Commission is aiming to make certain adjustments to the investor protection rules

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