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Published: 29 December 2017

Some of the most popular reads in 2017

It’s almost the end of the year and we’ve probably all had a few too many mince pies (substitute as appropriate for cake, cheese, turkey and wine) in the last month, but as there is only a few more days left of 2017, there’s probably no point worrying about that now! 

So, before we wave goodbye to 2017 we’ve had a quick look back at some of the most read and shared articles from the team and here is a selection of the most popular items: 

Brexit:

Brexit is unsurprisingly at the top of the list – and although negotiation discussions are looking slightly more constructive now, there is still a long way to go before we leave the EU. In 2017 we launched the results of our mid-market Brexit survey, looking at how confident business leaders in both the UK and EU were regarding the changes ahead. There were various sector reports and blogs but the most popular article was Adam McGiveron’s blog about what to look out for in 2017 – I think he got it right! Check out Adam’s blog and the research report below:

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR):

2017 was the year that you could not finish a day without an e-mail in your inbox talking about data protection and the changing regulations. – or was that just me?! Thankfully, our team have been advising people on their legal rights and what needs to be done to ensure they are compliant ahead of the changing regulations. Andrew Hartshorn’s blog about consent back in March, after the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published a consultation paper with its proposed guidance for consent, proved to be particularly popular. Missed it? Have a read now:

Employment: 

Gender Pay and the Gig Economy have dominated the headlines in employment law and keeping our lawyers rather busy. Mike Hibbs, head of employment, commented on the news of Asda new approach to flexible contracts and despite the negative press around zero-hour contracts - would shape the future  for businesses and the retail sector.  Helen Hughes also topped the most popular list with news about gender pay and equality on the back of the BBC announcing the salaries of their highest paid workers in the summer. Catch up with her insights here: 

Deals:

Our corporate team had a great start to 2017 with the news they were listed as a Top 20 legal firm in the Experian 2017 UK & Ireland M&A league tables for the first half of 2017. Find out more, meet some of the team and read about some of the deals:

Wellbeing:

Speaking of those mince pies! 2017 was a great year for our people as we took on the challenge to walk to the Gold Coast – well sort of. We gave our people Fitbit activity trackers (others are available) and challenged them to break the norm of the regular office worker and get more active. 

Firm Ambassador Professor Greg Whyte told us that inactivity was the next health crisis and with exercise being one solution to mental health, we started the year with regular team challenges which increased, step count, activity and a bit of competitivity amongst our teams. We starting with an average 5k steps a day and pushed this to an average of 11,500 steps by the end of the year. We’re still crunching the numbers but check out these blogs to find out how we were doing half way through the challenge and the benefit of exercise on teams – look carefully and you’ll find some quick videos to get active at your desk – deskercise anyone? 

To have a read of the firm’s other thoughts in 2017, visit our blog section here.

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