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  • A view from the World Economic Forum

    Global leadership vacuum presents a clear opportunity for philanthropists. In a whirlwind week which saw the inauguration of US President Trump, an impassioned defence of globalisation from a Chinese Premier and a hard Brexit become much more likely, it is no surprise that “hard” political issues dominated discussions at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week.

    From intern to employee

    The fact that I knew where I wanted to be in 20 years does not translate well to knowing where you want to be next month. Portland seemed like a good first step to where I wanted my career to progress, so after applying and mildly stalking the HR director on Linkedin I received an internship.

    From seminars to strategy

    Going from the seminar room to the boardroom is both an exciting and challenging experience for any graduate. Given that I finished university on 16 June and started at Portland on 27 June, I remember exactly what the transition felt like. It’s the time where you apply all of the skills that you developed over your university years in practice, but also where you realise just how much more there is to learn.

    2017 digital trends with a reputational impact

    The turbulence of 2016 was a fertile ground for activist movements. Global movements like BLM, organisations like SumOfUs and UK activists groups like Momentum finessed their networked approach, built infrastructure and shared winning tactics. Whilst these organisations built their names and followings through online activity, they are now combining these techniques with traditional grassroots methods to organise big offline moments directed at companies, governments and individuals.

    NHS 2017 outlook: a year of discontent?

    2017 will mark the 5th anniversary of the passing of Andrew Lansley’s Health and Social Care Act. Its Royal Assent signalled a period of great change and new ambitions. Some things didn’t change however. There was no new money, and demand continued to grow.

    The role of history in political campaigns

    A quote by George Orwell in 1984 captures the essence of this year’s most persuasive political campaigns. They have contextualised their key messages within an idyllic vision of the past.

    Italy said NO to Renzi, but not necessarily to reform

    Over the course of the campaign, the discussion increasingly focused on Renzi as a leader rather than on actual policy or the impact of the referendum on Italy’s political landscape. Polls showed that the referendum was widely seen as an opportunity to evaluate Renzi and his government’s performance, and to reject establishment politics.

    Brexit and the Commercial Courts

    The British legal system is one of this country's greatest assets. Litigants from around the world seek to resolve their disputes here in London. Will Brexit put this at risk - or create new opportunities?

    What the Autumn Statement didn’t tell us about Brexit

    As the Chancellor stood up to the despatch box today, there was a question around whether we would finally get some meat on the bones of what the opportunities might be for the UK as a centre for business, trade and innovation post-Brexit. We didn’t get that. This was an autumn statement which purposely avoided detailed comment on Brexit.

    The Philip Hammond guide to economic policy-making

    A few days after the EU referendum I was contacted by an analyst in New York to ask how the government was going to keep business confidence up. I pointed out that as the prime minister had just resigned we didn’t really have a government, and that summer recess meant it was hard to make tax announcements - as they needed to be made to parliament.

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