Our Freeports business sentiment report shows that opinions are positive. Leaders can see the potential that Freeports offer, but raise concerns over skills shortages and the need for more clarity and collaboration to drive success.
The UK has faced one of the most disrupted trading years since World War II, but as always, the UK rebuilds. We’re supporting our clients across all sectors to tackle the challenges of today, with an eye on the future, helping businesses to plan and rebuild.
Relevant to all UK consumers, The UK Intellectual Property Office has produced a consultation paper on the future of the UK's exhaustion of intellectual property rights and parallel trade regime post-Brexit.
During a recent instalment of our property owners post-COVID webinar series, our panellists explored overseas investment in the UK. In particular the conversation included the typical issues which arise for non-UK resident trustees, what lenders look for, when they may or may not be prepared to lend and what may impact pricing, and how to select investment opportunities, as well as the relevant UK tax issues to be aware when structuring deals and ownership.
ESG concerns are becoming ever more relevant to corporate bodies of all sizes across the UK. For many years now, climate change, sustainability, green energy, reducing one's carbon footprint, deforestation and charitable giving, to name a few, have been high on the corporate agenda. We have seen these wider public interest issues commonly factor into business reporting, management decision-making and stakeholder management.
COVID has changed many people's perceptions and thoughts on how to utilise land. Our next webinar in our property owners post-COVID series delved into this topic, looking at changes to land, the strategic planning and partnerships which have grown over the past year. The panellists advised on how rural land owners can adapt and better use their land, while considering the risks in future planning.
The pandemic has marked a turning point in cybersecurity and law firms are a significant and growing target of cybercriminals. With many firms adopting a new permanent "hybrid" working system we consider the risks, how PII policies might respond to a cyber claim and what changes may lie ahead.
The FCA's business plan for 2021/22 marks the first for Nikhil Rathi since taking on the mantle of Chief Executive. In the speech given by Mr Rathi to launch the plan, he acknowledged the unprecedented challenges of the last 18 months but said that in order for the FCA to be an effective regulator it cannot simply respond to today's challenges – it must prepare for those of tomorrow.