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5 Dec 2023
A legal and political paradox: how a government determined to restrict judicial review ended up expanding it
In our analysis with Linklaters, we explore the continued popularity of judicial review despite the government’s attempts to rein it in.
30 Nov 2023
Special Report: How trust is central to weathering misconduct probes
Anna Cacciaguerra Ranghieri explains how communications take centre stage in winning trust in the face of misconduct storms.
1 Nov 2023
What is the smart way to regulate Artificial Intelligence?
Michael Rose (DRD Partnership) and Ashley Williams (Mishcon de Reya) take a look at what the impact of the upcoming AI Safety Summit might be on UK regulation.
19 Oct 2023
CAT’s out the bag: Landmark UK class action settlement deal
Upon its introduction in 2015, the Consumer Rights Act promised to "allow consumers and businesses to easily achieve redress for losses they have suffered as a result of breaches of competition law”. However, eight years later, the regime is yet to witness a settlement or final resolution at trial. DRD's Dulcie Brennan explores why a landmark settlement deal agreed last week may be about to turn the tide for class actions in the UK.
15 Sep 2023
AI & Reputation Management: Report by Carter-Ruck and DRD Partnership
“Brace, don’t panic”, say leading media lawyers Carter-Ruck and strategic communications firm DRD Partnership.
14 Sep 2023
Curing the ills of NHS
Starmer’s changes to his top team last week notably kept his shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in post. Wes Streeting is seen as a strong performer in the role but has come in for criticism from some in the Party for his willingness to use the private sector to deliver public services. In the fifth report of DRD's Labour series, DRD examines how an incoming Labour government would approach the health portfolio – and what it says about the Party’s wider direction of travel.
4 Sep 2023
Starmer eyes General Election with Labour reshuffle
Jon McLeod looks at what the Labour reshuffle tells us about next year’s campaign and how Labour will govern if successful.
1 Sep 2023
A taxing question for independent schools
Labour has confirmed that it will remove key tax exemptions for independent schools, as part of its mission to break down barriers to opportunity. Much of the detail is yet to be determined - so what do we know, and what can schools do now to build resilience and maintain trust? In the fourth report in DRD’s Labour series, Anna Cacciaguerra Ranghieri asks how independent schools should prepare for Labour’s tax plans.
25 Aug 2023
Building a Better Britain
On 25 August 2023, the CMA published its report following a six-month market study into the housebuilding sector. In the third of DRD's Labour report series, DRD's Competition team takes a look at how the regulator’s findings could be viewed by the Labour Party, and leveraged as they look to enter government with a substantial boost to housing stock.
18 Aug 2023
DRD Inaugural Summer School: Bridging Gaps and Building Futures
DRD partnered with Future First, a charity dedicated to improving students’ motivation, confidence, and life chances, to launch our first ever ‘DRD Summer School’.
10 Aug 2023
Everyday People: Labour and the ‘everyday economy’
In the second of DRD’s Labour report series, DRD takes a look at Labour’s plans for the 'everyday economy'.
4 Aug 2023
Risky Business: how should companies act on the National Risk Register?
Lawrence Dore and Beatrix Lohn examine the implications of the National Risk Register for UK corporates and their communications preparedness.
5 Jul 2023
Going to extremes: can regulation protect charities from abuse?
Charities have found themselves at the heart of a regulatory debate over extremism and free speech, writes Jon McLeod.
3 Jul 2023
DRD ranked in Tier 1 by Chambers & Partners
DRD Partnership has been ranked as a leading firm for both Litigation Support and Crisis and Risk Management by Chambers and Partners.
12 Jun 2023
Financial institutions face challenges to ESG investment credentials
Financial institutions should brace for a surge in challenges to their green investment credentials, argues Beatrix Lohn.
1 Jun 2023
Skeletons in the closet? Communicating supply chains in the activist world
Corporate reputations are increasingly exposed to threats that emerge from businesses’ supply chains coming under the public spotlight. DRD looks at how the use of strategic communications can help corporates pivot from fighting shy of discussing their supply chains towards taking ownership and gaining credibility.
19 May 2023
New report – Labour’s ambitions for competition
DRD Partnership’s specialist competition and regulation team has produced a report which provides a detailed look at what a Labour Government would do to the UK’s anti-trust and regulatory regimes, and what this could mean for businesses and the UK economy.
18 Apr 2023
Five years’ porridge for delivering a pizza: National Security Bill still causes concern
DRD Partner, Jon McLeod, reports on the far-reaching provisions of the National Security Bill’s Foreign Influence Registration Scheme (FIRS).
31 Mar 2023
Three dimensions of cross-jurisdictional fraud
DRD Partnership was delighted to co-host a panel discussion with the Female Fraud Forum. The event looked at the 3 dimensions of cross-jurisdictional fraud, focusing on how journalists, lawyers and communications professionals deal with high-stakes international cases.
29 Mar 2023
DRD and Green Park host Labour roundtable on Women and Equalities
DRD Partnership and global talent advisory, Green Park, were pleased to host Labour Peer, Baroness Thornton, Shadow Spokesperson for Women and Equalities at a breakfast roundtable.
14 Mar 2023
DRD hosts Labour roundtable on sports, media and culture
DRD Partnership was pleased to host Labour Frontbench Peer, Lord Bassam of Brighton, Shadow Spokesperson for Culture, Media and Sport, Energy and Net Zero and Science Innovation and Technology at a roundtable policy dialogue.
14 Feb 2023
Shareholder activism: harder, better, faster, stronger
Today’s activist shareholders come prepared with bold claims and sophisticated communications strategies. Viktor Koleda writes about steps that corporates can take to prepare for potential challenges.
7 Feb 2023
Schools set to remain on cyber alert
Schools are braced for a fresh cyber onslaught after a bruising past year, say Kate Miller and Iona Cross.
30 Jan 2023
Starmer’s business: Labour prepares its path to power
The Labour Party is taking measured and deliberate steps to warm business to its economic thinking, says DRD Senior Analyst Toby Chapman.
25 Jan 2023
The race to regulate begins. How will Web3 respond?
At the recent London Blockchain Summit, industry insiders appeared to recognise that government regulation is imminent, and that it may unlock further opportunities for the mass adoption of the technology.
3 Jan 2023
A slow reveal: the National Security and Investment Act one year on
With the National Security and Investment Act being in force for one year from tomorrow, in this blog DRD’s Claire Harris and Ed Bowie examine the inherent tension it exposes. How does it protect national security just when we need investment and growth the most?
17 Nov 2022
“Credibility cannot be taken for granted” – The political implications of the Autumn Statement
In today’s Autumn Statement the Chancellor of the Exchequer struck a serious, sobering tone, announcing tax rises for millions and aiming to undo the reputational damage done by last month’s ‘mini-Budget’. DRD Senior Analyst and former Treasury official Toby Chapman examines the political implications of the statement for both the Government and the Opposition.
25 Jul 2022
Conservative Leadership Election 2022
New report highlights the differences between the candidates for Leader of the Conservative Party.
4 Jul 2022
Prising Open the Black Box
Six months since its inception, today DRD Partnership publishes its analysis of how the National Security and Investment Act has been working.
1 Jun 2022
The Procurement Bill: UK SMEs free from red tape?
DRD Partnership has published a report on the Procurement Bill. DRD Analyst Natasha Kennedy looks at whether the expectations of the Bill to establish a new post-Brexit chapter for UK businesses will be realised.
27 May 2022
Up next on Channel 4 – the Media Bill
Announced in this year’s Queen’s Speech, the Media Bill legislates for Culture Secretary, Nadine Dorries’ plans to privatise Channel 4. DRD’s Samuel Piña draws out what political and regulatory implications the Bill might have.
22 Apr 2022
Ukraine and its impact on anti-trust policy
As the war in Ukraine rages on, and continues to present new dangers for global resources and supply chains, DRD considers the consequences on competition law and the possible policy responses that governments could deploy.
11 Apr 2022
Remembering Jeremy Oppenheim – Senior Advisor
Jeremy joined DRD Partnership in 2017 as a Senior Advisor after a varied career. We are proud of the work we did together and the difference we made for our clients. Jeremy’s presence and expertise contributed hugely to the success of our firm and he will be greatly missed.
8 Apr 2022
Take back (subsidy) control?: State aid after Brexit
As the Government prepares to carry the Subsidy Control Bill over to the next session of Parliament, Toby Chapman takes stock of its goals, implications, and potential challenges.
6 Apr 2022
Teach First Leadership Conference
DRD was delighted to attend the Teach First Leadership Conference with Mishcon de Reya, where together they led two sessions on crisis management.
28 Mar 2022
Do anti-trust rules prevent firms cutting carbon?
Driven by the need to reduce their carbon impact, and the rise of ESG metrics in their reporting, businesses are increasingly hitting competition law roadblocks when working to deliver on their sustainability promises. Who’s to blame, asks DRD Associate, Ed Bowie?
24 Mar 2022
Online safety law set to bind Big Tech
What is the Online Safety Bill and how will it change the future of tech regulation? In this blog, Samuel Piña takes a dive into how the Government’s solution to the growing issue of online regulation is shaping future policy in the sector.
21 Mar 2022
Squeeze means no spring in Sunak’s step
With political and economic constraints closing in, DRD looks at how potential announcements in the Spring Statement could see the Chancellor navigate the crises of the coming months, or show him beginning to lose his balance...
1 Mar 2022
Claire Harris joins DRD
DRD is delighted to welcome Claire Harris as a Senior Adviser. Claire is a Competition expert and solicitor, and joins DRD's growing Competition & Antitrust Team. Claire is a competition expert and a solicitor, with experience in senior roles at several international law firms and competition regulators.
22 Feb 2022
Open for Business? The case for the defence…
The Government’s 2021 Defence and Security Industrial Strategy looks to position the defence sector in the middle of the UK's post-Brexit shop window. However, many in the Government are wondering if, when it comes to defence, they are opening the shop door a little too wide…
17 Feb 2022
Clouds on the horizon
The cloud computing industry is under increasing scrutiny from anti-trust regulators. Recent investigations did not bring immediate results, but they signalled the start of a gradual shift towards more thorough, intersectional examination by authorities...
9 Feb 2022
Drums from the hills
The UK’s competition watchdog, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), began a market study into music and streaming services at the end of January. Are we about to witness major changes to the way the music industry works in this country?
4 Feb 2022
Getting Down to Levelling Up
At last, the Government have delivered the Levelling Up White Paper – 400 pages of plans and promises with much of the substance still to come. But what does the White Paper contain and what does it mean for the Government going forward?
20 Jan 2022
CMA airs the fashion industry’s dirty laundry
2022 has started with the fashion industry’s dirty laundry being aired, after the CMA announced a review of environmental claims in the sector. In this blog, DRD Associate, Ed Bowie, analyses what the review means for the sector and what it says about the CMA's focus going forward.
14 Oct 2021
CITMA: Reputation, resolution and revolution
Claire Davidson hosted: “Managing reputations in the world of IP – why it matters”.
12 Oct 2021
BRLA, Dentons & DRD: Reputation on trial
DRD co-organised a seminar with international law firm, Dentons, and the BRLA.
14 Jul 2021
Podcast: Education in a Digital Age
In this podcast DRD Partner Kate Miller and Robert Lewis, Head of the Education Group at Mishcon de Reya, discuss the challenges facing schools in managing communications.
24 Jun 2021
Chambers & Partners Rankings Published
DRD Partnership has been ranked leading firm in both Litigation Support and Crisis by Chambers and Partners
10 Jun 2021
Scandal at the Post Office
DRD Partnership was invited to attend a discussion and analysis on the Post Office Horizon scandal, by one of the leading barristers in the case.
18 Feb 2021
Questions for Ambassador Stefano Cacciaguerra Ranghieri
In a world in ‘lockdown’, and with diplomacy rocked to the core, what role now for government diplomats? Ambassador Ranghieri responds
13 Nov 2020
Shifting sands – hopes and fears for a new climate agreement
Pete Bowyer, a veteran of four COPs and a spokesman on climate justice issues discusses the hopes and fears for a new climate agreement.
4 Sep 2020
Conservatives perform well but provide scant detail
As the Government returns from Recess – and schools across England and Wales return - DRD Partner Paul Barnes discusses their performance so far and what improvements are needed…
26 Aug 2020
Lessons from Down Under: A warning of what’s to come?
Ross Ewing investigates the debate in AUS on class actions and litigation funding and considers how the same argument could soon be happening in the UK.
17 Jul 2020
EU-UK negotiations – View from Brussels and London
DRD Partners take a 360° look at the view on the EU-UK negotiations on a future trade deal from Brussels and London ahead of next week's discussions.
10 Jul 2020
Data Security Breaches – Farrer & Co.
DRD Partner, Kate Miller took part in Farrer & Co.’s event to consider how family offices and intermediaries should deal with data security breaches.
22 Jun 2020
PRCA: Covid-19 and Law firm communications
On 18 June 2020, DRD Co-Founding Partner, Claire Davidson took part in the PRCA’s event on ‘Law firm communications and the Covid-19 crisis’.
12 Jun 2020
Two metre, or not two metre – amongst other questions
Ross Ewing looks at the pressing issues facing the government over the next few months and what choices will need to be made on the road to recovery.
3 Jun 2020
Which countries will top the league post-COVID 19?
DRD Advisor, David Landsman, looks at the criteria and "branding" for countries to come out of the pandemic on top.
24 Apr 2020
The view from Brussels: What does Covid-19 mean for Brexit?
DRD's Partner in Brussels, Tamlin Vickers takes a look at the state and future of Brexit negotiations in light of the current healthcare situation.
2 Mar 2020
Your guide to the integrated Defence and Security Review
DRD Partner Duncan Fulton's piece about the integrated Defence and Security Review.The review is the most ambitious since the end of the Cold War.
18 Nov 2019
Just how right wing would a new Johnson government be?
DRD Partner Paul Barnes assesses just how “right-wing” this Conservative party has become and will be if elected in the 2019 General Election.
18 Nov 2019
Newsnight at the Palace
DRD Partnership's take on Prince Andrew's interesting decision to be interviewed by the BBC Newsnight at the Palace this weekend.
18 Nov 2019
My Life My Say: Common Futures Forum
On Saturday 16 November, hundreds of young people convened at the old Olympic Park in East London to take part in My Life My Say’s second annual Common Futures Forum.
11 Nov 2019
6 reasons why Labour could still win (and 6 reasons why they won’t)
DRD's Pete Bowyer investigates the six reasons why Labour could still win and the six reasons why they won’t, in the upcoming General Election.
25 Oct 2019
Roundtable Discussion with Sir Vince Cable MP
DRD Partnership’s roundtable breakfast discussion with Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable MP, hosted by leading international law firm, Travers Smith.
23 Oct 2019
Crisis communication for schools
DRD provide strategic and practical advice to attendees at a breakfast seminar on crisis communication for schools.
7 May 2019
Cyber Security – A business issue
On Tuesday 7th May 2019, Claire Davidson, Partner at DRD Partnership, spoke on the panel of a Cyber security event hosted by Pinsent Masons LLP.
25 Apr 2019
DRD breakfast roundtable: Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party
DRD breakfast roundtable: An insight into Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party and their plans for Government.
29 Jan 2019
15 Nov 2018
Stuck in the middle with the EU Referendum?
With the imminent collapse of the Withdrawal Agreement, the clamour for a second EU referendum, a so-called People’s Vote grows unabated. It may be popular, it may even be preferable, but is it practicable? Pete Bowyer of DRD Partnership investigates…
14 Nov 2018
DRD breakfast event: Business & Brexit
Early in the morning of a day which saw tumultuous events set in train, DRD Partnership hosted a breakfast panel on Brexit at the Cinnamon Club in London.
5 Oct 2018
Reflections on the Conservative Party Conference 2018
DRD's reflections on the Conservative Party Conference in 2018. It was the best of conferences, it was the worst of conferences.
27 Jun 2018
Breakfast briefing: digital activism
DRD took part in Social360's breakfast briefing panel discussing how digital activism works.
13 Jun 2018