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Dentons wins two CSR awards for the Greece Pro Bono Collaborative

Dentons has won two awards, together with five other firms, for its involvement in the Greece Pro Bono Collaborative. The Collaborative received awards for ‘Innovation in Social Responsibility’ at the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards Europe, and for ‘CSR Innovation (Multi-Firm) at the Legal Innovation Awards.

In addition to Dentons, the other members of the Collaborative include Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; White & Case; Ashurst; Allen & Overy; Charles Russell Speechlys; and the NGO, European Lawyers in Lesvos (ELIL).

There are more than 100,000 asylum seekers in Greece, most of them living in terrible conditions. Based on the island of Lesvos, the Collaborative aims to assist with the migration crisis by increasing migrants’ access to legal services, monitoring issues of process and rule of law, and building legal capacity in Greece. Volunteers travel to Lesvos to help asylum seekers with first instance interviews and family reunification with support from ELIL, which has provided free legal assistance on Lesvos through its team of full-time Greek asylum lawyers and volunteers since July 2016.

Haya Moubaydeen, associate in Dentons’ Amman office who travelled to Lesvos, said, “I was moved to act when I saw families, who have already gone through so much, being forced to live in overcrowded and difficult conditions. It was heart-wrenching to witness their plight but very rewarding to be able to help, even if in a small way.”

Bas Legger, associate in Dentons’ Amsterdam office who also travelled to Lesvos, added, “I am happy to have been the first lawyer to participate on behalf of Dentons in the Greece Pro Bono Collaborative. This project combines the strengths of six international law firms to support European Lawyers in Lesvos. At the time I went to Moria, there were 13,000 people in a camp with room for 3,100. When you walk past the tents in Moria and listen to the stories of the people there, it’s hard not to be thankful for what we have and want to help those in need.”

ELIL is a joint initiative of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) and the German Bar Association (DAV). Dentons has provided pro bono support to ELIL since its inception and advised ELIL on its legal structure and implementation in nine European jurisdictions, which culminated in ELIL’s incorporation in Germany as a charitable limited liability company.

Mason Advisory listed in 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report

The thriving North West IT consultancy celebrates five years in operation so this accolade adds to the celebrations. The sixth edition of the London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report celebrates some of the fastest-growing, dynamic SMEs with companies representing over 40 sectors and spanning every country and region across the UK. It also examines the opportunities and challenges facing businesses and looks at the sectors and trends that will shape the future of British economics.

To be included in the report, companies need to show positive revenue growth over the last three years and demonstrate that they are outperforming their sector peers.

Established by Steve Watmough, Mason Advisory has a growing reputation in the UK and globally as an IT specialist, renowned for its high-quality consultants, specialist skills, and support through digital transformation projects and partnerships. It counts many well-known brands as customers, from sectors such as finance, life sciences, retail, FMCG, emergency services, health, energy, water, education, government and transport.

Steve says: “This recognition is such a huge honour for us and the whole team is so excited to be featured in the report. In the last five years, we’ve had consistent revenue growth, expanded the team and developed our customer base in the UK and abroad. We have grown from a specialist player to a leading IT advisory company, competing with the industry heavyweights in the £8.2 billion UK management consultancy sector.

“We are in a position to build on our success, and accolades such as this one, strengthen our reputation in the marketplace and allow us to take the business to the next level.”

Steve adds: “Despite the uncertain, disruptive times we are in, I’m proud of the outstanding results our team continues to deliver and their hard work and commitment behind this fantastic achievement. Our success is down to the high calibre of consultants on the team and our shared desire to bring digital transformation and technological innovation to our customers around the world.”

David Schwimmer, CEO, London Stock Exchange Group, says: “Congratulations to all the companies selected for inclusion in the sixth edition of London Stock Exchange Group’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report, which identifies the UK’s most dynamic SMEs. SMEs drive growth, innovation and job creation and are the lifeblood of the British economy. We believe that supporting the growth of these businesses is critical to the UK economy and the creation of a society that works for everyone.”

Earlier this year, Mason Advisory was recognised by the Financial Times as one of the fastest growing companies in Europe, and one of the leading management consultancies in the UK. It was awarded the Queen’s award for Enterprise in the international trade category, and was also recognised by Great Place to Work ® as a centre of Excellence in Wellbeing.

With offices at MediaCityUK, Salford, and London, Mason Advisory provides IT consultancy and advisory services, solving complex business challenges through the intelligent use of IT resources. Its range of advisory services includes IT strategy and transformation, sourcing, architecture, IT delivery, service management, operating model and organisational design.

The London Stock Exchange Group announced the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain at a prestigious ceremony on 26th June at the Group’s headquarters in Paternoster Square, London.

UK signs free trade agreement with South Korea

Great Britain has secured its first post-Brexit trade deal after signing an in-principle free trade agreement with South Korea.

The agreement, which International Trade Secretary Liam Fox signed with his South Korean counterpart Yoo Myung-hee in Seoul, seeks to maintain existing trade arrangements with the country after Brexit.

The Financial Times says it “comes amid growing uncertainty over bilateral trade conditions after the UK leaves the world’s single largest economic bloc”. The BBC adds that the agreement is “designed to provide stability under a no-deal Brexit”.

The Korea Times explains that there have been “concerns” that South Korean companies “may no longer enjoy the benefits” of current arrangements if the UK crashes out without a deal.

Great Britain and South Korea will largely maintain the trade terms that are in the current deal between Seoul and Brussels, which took effect in July 2011.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said in a statement that the deal includes keeping zero-tariffs on South Korean exports such as auto parts and automobiles.

After the talks, Britain and South Korea also vowed to expand cooperation in emerging technologies such as hydrogen and nuclear energy.

Seoul’s trade minister Yoo Myung-hee said: “The deal is significant as it eased uncertainties sparked by Brexit, amid the already challenging environment for exports on the escalating trade row between Washington and Beijing.”

The two countries plan to ratify the deal before October 31st, the new deadline for Brexit.

Although the UK is South Korea’s second-largest trading partner among the EU members, it is its 18th-largest trading partner, accounting for less than 2% of South Korea’s overall trade.

Last year, South Korea’s exports to the UK were worth $6.36bn. The Asian country exports mostly cars and ships to Britain. Going the other way, the UK exports crude oil and automobiles to South Korea.