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The lights are off, but people ARE at home!

It is quite normal for around 13 energy providers to fail each year. But as you will already know 2021 is not a normal year. Since […]

Compliance: Charges, Fines, and Settlements Across Different Industries

In this article, Ralitsa Stancheva analyses the notable developments in compliance, across a variety of sectors, including banking, technology, and oil.

Toshiba’s three-way split and how it affects its stakeholders

The Japanese conglomerate, Toshiba, made headlines this week with its plan to split the company three-ways. The plan comes as a result of being tarnished with […]

AI Development within the Life Sciences Sector

In this article, Alina Kazmi considers the opportunities, challenges, and legal uncertainties of AI in the life science sector.

Philip Morris and Vectura: The Tobacco Giant Seals The Deal over Inhaler Company

In this article, Alina Kazmi explores the wider implications of the controversial takeover of Vectura, the inhaler company by Philip Morris, the tobacco giant.

Solicitors’ lives outside of the profession

The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) recently warned that the private lives of solicitors ‘cannot be completely disregarded’ and that tribunal panels should be audacious when upholding […]

North Sea Link: Linking for Combined Success

Written by Alina Kazmi Offshore wind power energy refers to the energy taken from the force of the winds out at sea, before being transformed into […]

NFTs – What are they, where did they come from and what do they do?

Article by Amy Cross What are NFTs? NFT stands for Non-Fungible Token, when broken down: ‘Non-Fungible’ means that it’s irreplaceable and that the object (in this […]

The Rise of M&A Activities in 2021

Article by Amanda Ansari. In this article, Amanda considers the key statistics and developments relating to UK public M&A deals.

Investor-State Dispute Settlement: A Barrier to Climate Policy?

Article by Vincent Guereca-Adair. In this article, Vincent discusses investor-state dispute settlement and suggests that it could act as a barrier to policy aimed at remedying the climate crisis.

Electric Vehicles: Are they the Future of the Automative Industry?

Article written by Alina Kazmi Introduction Electric Vehicles (EV) are perceived as one of the key solutions for the UK, to reach a net-zero economy by […]

Private Equity and the Buyout of British Businesses

Article by Dimitrios Galatas Britain has been the heart of the world’s financial markets and global financial activity for centuries, providing essential lending and investment services […]

The Success of RNA Vaccines: What is the Commercial Significance?

RNA Covid vaccines may show the future of pharma.

The Housing Market – Will House Prices Continue to Climb Stairs?

Article by Alina Kazmi.   This article concerns the increase in house prices since the pandemic and whether the growth is sustainable. It will discuss the […]

Chinese IPOs and the US Market – Trials and Regulations

Written by Dimitrios Galatas, recent graduate from the University of Warwick China has, in recent times, become the flagship nation for technological advancement. As expected from a […]

British Inter-University Commercial Awareness Competition – the largest commercial awareness competition for law students in the UK!

BIUCAC 2021  BIUCAC 2021 is a major national competition seeking to highlight what is seldom taught in the lecture room – Legal Commercial Awareness. Legal Commercial […]

Could ‘green’ cryptocurrencies be the solution to Bitcoin’s energy crisis?

Article by Joe Zietman Barely a day goes by without some self-professed expert declaring cryptocurrencies as the future of money, putting an end to the monopoly […]

O2 and Virgin Media merger

Article by Zahra Makda  CMA approved the merger between Telefonica-owned O2 and Liberty Global-owned Virgin Media who planned to combine their UK assets last year. The […]

The Retail Sector: An Overview 

Article by Zara Yusuf. It has been a particularly turbulent time for the retail sector, especially due to Covid-19 related disruptions. Large supermarkets have had to […]

A Supreme Court Landmark Judgement – How the UK Uber Case may affect the Gig Economy Worldwide 

Article by Kristel Haxhia On 19 February 2021, the Supreme Court delivered another landmark judgement. This time it concerns one of the most successful Silicon Valley […]

Heathrow Airport Decision

By Serena Vyas   Legal explanation of the recent Supreme Court decision on Heathrow Airport which overturned that of the Court of Appeal and casts doubt […]

Competition law update: Facebook

Article by Zahra Makda  Big tech giant, Facebook is being sued by the US in an attempt to force the company to sell assets such as Instagram and […]

Commercial implications of Scottish independence

Article by Mayank Tripathi  Introduction  The bid for an independent Scotland failed after the 2014 referendum when the ‘No’ side gained 55% of the vote. However, the […]

Cryptocurrency + Commercial Industry = The Future?

By Jack Porter As Tuesday saw, Bitcoin the leading cryptocurrency reach a new all-time high valuing itself at $50,000 a coin, what is the reason everybody […]

Rebalance: tipping the scales towards nature 

Article by Julian Greenaway  There is a new start up organisation that believes that there must be a better way for our society to grow, and […]

Response to Covid-19 prompts relaunch of Simply Law Jobs

Our industry partner, ​Simply Law Jobs​, has announced that the legal job site is undergoing the biggest transformation in its 18 year history. Based on in-depth […]

Asos’s Acquisition of Arcadia Group: The Changing Face of UK Retail

Eleanor Aindow discusses Asos’ takeover of the Arcadia Group.

Boohoo to buy Debenhams brand

Key details and analysis about Boohoo’s purchase of the Debenhams brand.  This week it was announced that Boohoo will be buying the Debenhams brand and website […]

Commercial Challenges Currently Facing the Legal Market

Zara Yusuf analyses four current commercial challenges for law firms.   Like other businesses, law firms face a number of commercial challenges that they need to navigate […]

GameStop’s Meteoric Ascent

Andrew Culver discusses the reasons behind the exponential rise of GameStop’s share price.

Upcoming Webinar: How to ace assessment centres and virtual interviews

The Student Lawyer has partnered with City Career Series to bring readers a FREE webinar hosted by Jake Schogger to break down all you need to know about how to prepare for, and ace, commercial law assessment centres!

Have we seen peak private equity? 

Joe Zietman analyses the current state of the private equity sector.  In the years following the 2008 financial crisis, private equity has gone from strength to […]

Experts see red as Boris unveils new green plan

Julian Greenaway analyses the key points from the government’s climate action plan.  Climate change is arguably the biggest threat to the human race and is quickly becoming an issue that […]

UK competition update

Two recent updates from the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).  Digital Markets Unit  In July 2020 the CMA concluded a year-long study of the digital […]

Hyperloop: a giant leap for the transport sector?

An analysis of some recent developments for hyperloop and potential challenges for developers. A milestone was recently reached in the transport sector. Virgin Hyperloop ran its […]

LIBOR – why is it no longer the most important number in the world?

Mayank Tripathi analysis the significance of the LIBOR transition.  What is LIBOR? LIBOR stands for the London Interbank Offered Rate and is the average rate at […]

Time ticking for TikTok

Julian Greenaway analyses the key points of the ongoing TikTok saga. TikTok is one of the fastest growing social media apps in the world and is […]

LVMH and Tiffany & Co: a match made in corporate heaven?

Niki Saberi-Oskoui analyses the latest updates in the LVMH and Tiffany & Co acquisition.  Last year, LVMH announced it would be acquiring Tiffany & Co: a […]

The Wirecard scandal: what does this mean for the fintech sector?

Zara Yusuf analyses the key moments and implications of the Wirecard scandal. The spectacular collapse of the German payments firm Wirecard came about in June, after […]

V Unprecedented 

Joe Zietman analyses the possible shapes of the UK’s economic recovery. These are unprecedented times, or so the now clichéd phrase goes. Unfortunately, there is more […]

Automation of the Fashion Industry?

Camilla Uppal analyses the impact of Coronavirus and innovation on the fashion industry.

Behind the wheel of the automobile industry’s biggest merger 

Julian Greenaway analyses the key implications of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Groupe PSA merger. Anyone who has been following the news in mergers and acquisitions will be […]

The Facebook Ad Boycott: an analysis of brands ‘hitting pause on hate’

Niki Saberi-Oskoui analyses the impact of the recent Facebook advertising boycott. The month of July began with the announcement of the #StopHateForProfit campaign which consisted of […]

The harmful ways in which COVID-19 and international relations are affecting shipping and international trade

Keisha Green analyses current issues in shipping, trade and international relations. The shipping industry plays an integral part of globalisation, facilitating trade worldwide. In the UK, […]

Warranty and Indemnity Insurance in M&A

Dimitrios Galatas explains what is meant by W&I insurance, why it has emerged as a popular insurance policy and the legal issues that could potentially constrain its effectiveness.

“Build, Build, Build” for Britain’s Economic Recovery

Sidney Marie Chin assesses the UK Government’s plans for infrastructure development  Prime Minister, Boris Johnson in his keynote “build, build, build” speech mapped out a plan […]

LVMH and Tiffany Merger: the reality of Covid-19 deals

Niki Saberi-Oskoui analyses the acquisition of Tiffany & Co and the impact of Covid-19.  In November 2019 LVMH, run by France’s richest man Bernard Arnault, agreed […]

EasyJet, not so easy times

Julian Greenaway analyses the various troubles being faced by easyJet.   After years of consistent traffic growth and unprecedented levels of profits in the airline industry, the […]

Big Tech and Governmental Regulation: is the Demand Over?  

Niki Saberi-Oskoui assesses the need to regulate the Big Tech sector.

Aldi Partners with Deliveroo to Launch Home Delivery Service

Sidney Marie Chin analyses the recent partnership between Aldi and Deliveroo. Aldi has partnered with Deliveroo to launch rapid home deliveries for the first time in […]

Cyber-Crime and Covid-19

Zara Yusuf assesses the risk of cyber-crime during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Domestic Abuse Bill 2020

Catherine Allen analyses the key provisions of the current Domestic Abuse Bill.

The Sexual Offences Act 2003: the issue of ‘consent’

Catherine Allen analyses the law on consent in relation to sexual offences.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Kushni Ulapane analyses the benefits and risks of mergers and acquisitions.

The Decline of Coal and the Rise of Renewables

Vincent Guereca-Adair compares the use of coal and renewable sources in energy generation.

Impact of COVID-19 on Global Financial Markets

Kushni Ulapane looks at the effects COVID-19 is having in key financial markets. The COVID-19 outbreak has caused many economies to enter economic turmoil. As the […]

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Sports Industry

Keisha Green analyses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global sports industry.

COVID-19 Policy Differences

Stella Anne Teoh Ming Hui assesses the different national responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. In following the global response to COVID-19, it bears worth noting the […]

Is Tesla’s Recent Increase in Share Price Sustainable?

Lucy Priestman discusses the sustainability of Tesla’s share price and what this could mean for the future.

Winds of Change – Onshore Wind Farms Now Eligible for Government Subsidies

Mayank Tripathi discusses some of the most recent developments in wind energy and what this could mean for the energy sector

The UK’s new Point-based Immigration Policy 

Catherine Allen discusses the UK’s post-Brexit point-based immigration policy.

Recent developments in UK banking

Vincent Guereca-Adair discusses some of the most recent developments in UK banking and what this could mean for the sector. 

Uber joins growing number of automobile companies testing self-driving cars

Mayank Tripathi reports on the recent news that Uber’s licence to test self-driving cars has been reinstated and explores the commercial and legal issues at stake.

Victoria’s Secret sold to US private equity firm

Camilla Uppal reports on the recent sale of Victoria’s Secret to a US private equity firm

Aston Martin’s Rescue Deal

Sidney Chin reports on the £500 million bailout of luxury carmaker Aston Martin.

Manchester City and UEFA Financial Fair Play – What Happened? Why? And What’s Next?

Mark O’Neill reports on Manchester City’s two year ban from European football.

FIFA Third-Party Ownership Regulations – Definition of a Third-Party

Mark O’Neill reports on the recent change in the definition of ‘third party’ which will enable football clubs to negotiate lower weekly salaries with a player, in exchange for a lump sum upon transfer.

How will the Bank of England’s Bank Rate impact the economy?

Lucy Priestman explores the impact of the Bank of England’s Base Rate on the economy.

CJEU rules that Airbnb does not need an estate agent’s licence to operate

Camilla Uppal reports on the recent decision by the CJEU confirming that Airbnb is an “information society service” rather than an estate agent.

The role of artificial intelligence in the legal sector

Mayank Tripathi explains the impact of AI on the legal sector and explores the different ways that firms are adopting new technology.

EU to launch its own version of Bitcoin

Lucy Priestman discusses the recent announcement by the EU to create its own virtual currency.

Smart contracts and Cryptoassets now recognised in law

Camilla Uppal reports on the landmark report published by the UK Jurisdiction Taskforce that, for the first time, provides legal clarity on cryptoassets and smart contracts.

Libra Update: The biggest hurdles to-date

Vincent Guereca-Adair reports on the latest news from Facebook’s new currency Libra, and discusses all you need to know about the biggest challenges it has faced to-date.

WHSmith’s $400m deal to buy Marshall Retail Group

Lucy Priestman reports on WHSmith’s $400m deal to buy Marshall Retail Group.

The Art of the Deal – Corporate Update Summer 2019

As we approach training contract interview season, commercial firms will want to see that applicants know what is going on in the city. Here is an […]

Legal and Commercial Consequences of the Boeing 737 Max Groundings

The Boeing 737 Max is an American manufactured airliner. Some airlines have lost seats due to the groundings of the 737 Max following two separate fatal […]

Ocado and Waitrose to split after 19 year partnership

The long-standing commercial arrangement between Waitrose and Ocado will come to an end in September 2020, after 19 years of partnership. What’s next for Waitrose? Waitrose’s […]

Jaguar Land Rover losses take its toll

JLR is the biggest car maker in the UK, employing 40,000 people in Britain as part of its supply chain. In January 2019 they reported cutting […]

UK Signs Free Trade Agreement with South Korea

The Department for International Trade announced on 10 June that the UK had signed a joint statement for trade continuity with South Korea, allowing the UK […]

Is the Internet killing traditional advertising?

Advancement in technology and the internet has brought us countless wonders. From the creation of a new, low-cost platform for publication (which you are probably reading […]

UK Manufacturing Recovery: Highest Output in 10 Years

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported that manufacturing in the UK is at its highest since 2008 which is aided by The Financial Times […]

Lights, Camera, Action: M&A to form the world’s second-biggest cinema operator.

Britain’s renowned cinema operator, Cineworld, has agreed to a buy-out of America’s Regal Entertainment for a sum of $5.8 billion. As it stands currently, Regal Entertainment […]

Government Policy Paper on Benefit and Pension Rates: Will We See Any Improvement in the Workplace?

On the 27th November, the government released a new policy paper named “Proposed benefit and pension rates 2018 to 2019”. It includes new statutory rates for […]

Thousands Stranded as Monarch Airlines Enter into Administration

Monarch Airlines, the UK’s fifth largest airline, has gone into administration, leaving 110,000 customers stranded overseas.

Insurers Warn Brexit No Deal Is Unacceptable

The head of the UK’s insurance trade body warned that a Brexit with no deal would be “unacceptable” for the industry. Huw Evans, the director general […]

Southern Rail Overloaded with Unreliable Infrastructure

A report, commissioned by the Government and delayed for six months, has indicated that Southern Rail has been trying to run too many trains on infrastructure […]

Investment in UK Car Industry Falls Due to Brexit Uncertainty

Investment in the UK car industry has fallen to £322 million in the first half of 2017, signalling that companies are either delaying or cancelling investment […]

Ashurst Relocate London Home After 30 Years

Silver circle firm Ashurst is moving its London office after 30 years of work under its Appold Street roof. Ashurst currently occupies a little over 200,000 […]

Current and Future Issues City Firms Face

This question, or versions of it, are notoriously popular on vacation scheme and training contract applications. A full answer requires an in depth understanding of the […]

An overview of Apple’s acquisition of Beats

Outline One recent commercial deal to be aware of is Apple’s acquisition of Beats. The acquisition has cost Apple around $3 billion which makes it Apple’s […]

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