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  • Portland Health team expands globally with U.S. Partner

    Alfred Jackson, a Washington-based leader in health communications, advocacy and public affairs, will lead the U.S. offer, working alongside the wider business as it continues to expand globally.

    Brexit bill: Eyes on the prize

    Despite what you may have read Britain’s position on a range of Brexit issues is well known. Since the negotiations began in June, Britain has put forward position papers on citizens’ rights, the European Court of Justice, and Euratom, and will reportedly publish ones on Northern Ireland and the customs union later this month.

    London is still the leading global disputes hub – for now

    The English courts have long been the jurisdiction of choice for settling disputes. Coupled with the City’s reputation as an international financial hub, London has hosted some of the world’s largest and most complex commercial cases. It seems that, at least for now, this trend is continuing.

    Getting tech companies “onside” with counter-terrorism

    Our latest thoughts on Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s suggestion of outright banning end-to-end encryption.

    Transitional deal: Nice idea but don’t hold out hope

    The Chancellor caused a stir today when he became the highest ranking member of the Government to publicly commit Britain to a transitional departure from the EU.

    The Gender Pay Gap challenges

    Employers will benefit from getting ahead of the Gender Pay Gap and reporting early, according to a panel of experts assembled by Portland. But in order to do so successfully, they must have a narrative and plan of action in place showing what they intend to do.

    Chatbots: The opportunity is vast but not without risk

    Since Facebook unveiled its 'Bot Platform' for Messenger at its F8 Facebook Developer Conference last year, over 30,000 chatbots have been created – and pushed live – on Facebook’s messaging platform alone.

    May’s Downing Street merry go-round

    Wounded Theresa May made only minor changes to her Cabinet after the election disaster but Downing Street has undergone seismic change. May’s hand was forced by the parliamentary party to dispose of her two joint chief of staff. Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill received the brunt of the initial blame for the election defeat and their departures were effectively the price May paid to remain in post.

    Brexit talks round two: time for a touch of humility?

    Last weekend saw a new front to the Brexit debate open when Professor Roger Cashmore, chair of the UK Atomic Energy Agency, described the decision to leave Euratom - the European Atomic Energy Community - as “alarming”.

    If I had one bit of advice…

    Be more corporate. Said no-one, ever. Certainly not in language and certainly not in the type of behaviour that came to symbolise the nineties and the noughties. However, where corporates have been successful is in the art of making arguments. In recent times, many corporates have been effective in setting out what they stand for as a business. Sport – as an industry – could take heed.

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