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The real Beast from the East reawakens brave Labour MPs

16th March 2018

An attack on the streets of Salisbury has led to echoes of the Cold War. Oli Foster, Chief Executive, looks at how the nefarious use of Novichok has reawakened a range of Labour Party MPs. The Labour Party has a proud history of championing robust and responsible foreign policy. In 1940 Clement Atlee gave the […]

The Pagefield Review

9th March 2018

In a throwback to the cold war era, news this week has included a suspected state-sponsored assassination attempt in a Salisbury shopping centre and the spectre of a global trade war. Pagefield’s Ed Brown gives his take on the week that was. Issue of the week – Trump ponders a trade war Domestic news has understandably […]

Philip Hammond’s Speech on EU/UK Financial Services: Deal or no Deal?

8th March 2018

Yesterday Philip Hammond outlined the Government’s ambition to include financial services as part of a wide ranging free trade deal with the European Union. Pagefield’s David Leslie analyses what this means for institutions and what to look out for as negotiations rumble on. What happened? Following the Prime Minister’s speech last week in which she […]

Oh Snap! Kylie Jenner knocks £1bn off Snap’s shares

5th March 2018

A single tweet from Kylie Jenner wiped £1bn off Snap’s shares, leaving investors confused and concerned. Olivia Crawford takes a look at what it means for Snapchat and assesses the growing trend of celebrities influencing stock markets.   What Happened? Recently, Kylie Jenner, the American reality TV star, social media personality and entrepreneur, tweeted: “sooo does […]

Behind the Headlines: Trinity Mirror pockets Northern & Shell portfolio

13th February 2018

Last week saw the long-awaited announcement that Trinity Mirror has agreed to acquire Richard Desmond’s premier press titles for around £200m. The landmark deal has raised eyebrows and generated debate over whether each paper will be able to maintain its editorial position at either end of the political spectrum.

State of the Union – Trump 2.0?

31st January 2018

Donald Trump proclaimed a “new American moment” as he delivered his maiden State of the Union speech to Congress last night. Liam Parker, Pagefield partner and Boris Johnson’s former director of political communications, analyses what the future holds for Trump, the Republican Party and a possible US-UK free trade agreement. Ted Cruz (formerly ‘Lyin Ted’) on his […]

Behind the Headlines: Maybot takes on Big Tech

26th January 2018

Amid a growing backlash against Silicon Valley tech giants , the Prime Minister offered her input this week at Davos, taking aim at social media platforms and rolling out her vision for the role of tech in the global economy. David Leslie asks what the future holds for ‘big tech’ at a time when the sector’s problems seem to be mounting.

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