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Francesca Richmond is a partner in the Baker McKenzie Dispute Resolution team based in London. Francesca joined Baker McKenzie in 2004 and was admitted as a solicitor in September 2006. She attained higher rights of audience to act as a solicitor-advocate in 2009. Francesca has been seconded to Baker McKenzie's offices in Chicago, Washington and Sydney as well as to clients Barclays Bank PLC, the BBC Trust and O2. Francesca was a marshall at the Royal Courts of Justice in 1998 and in 2000 sitting with a High Court judge.

Products and services that are marketed as “eco-friendly” will be subject to a recently launched probe by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). This is a rapidly growing sector — UK consumers spent GBP 41 billion on ethical goods and services in 2019, according to the CMA — and the credibility of claims on sustainability can be fundamental to brand value. A regulatory finding that such claims are false or misleading could prompt litigation by consumers that purchased the products based on those claims, as well as by shareholders impacted by a drop in share value caused by negative publicity. 

The European Commission has launched a public consultation seeking views on sustainable corporate governance. Responses to the consultation will help shape the European Commission’s legislative proposals next year regarding mandatory human rights and environmental supply chain due diligence requirements and enhanced directors’ duties and sustainable corporate governance.

Competition law remains a priority compliance area for businesses. It impacts upon a wide variety of day to day business practices, from pricing, distribution and managing suppliers and resellers, through to trade association activity, R&D collaboration and M&A activity

As the effects of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to be felt around the world, businesses face significant levels of instability and uncertainty caused by weakened financial markets and disruption to supply chains, workplace operations and business pipelines. It is almost certain that such instability and uncertainty will result in…

Invitation to our webinar series Join us for our webinar series EU & UK Competition Law: Essential Knowledge for In-house Lawyers (e.g. non-specialists). Competition law remains a priority compliance area for businesses. It impacts upon a wide variety of day to day business practices, from pricing, distribution and managing suppliers…