Practical Law The Journal is the award-winning magazine companion to Practical Law, covering a wide range of transactional, regulatory, and litigation topics. It publishes monthly in a digital-only format hosted on Legal Current reached out to the Practical Law The Journal team to discuss what readers can look forward to in the November issue.

What emerging issues and developments can readers learn about in the new issue? 

Our feature article explores a tectonic shift on the horizon of the digital advertising landscape that will impact most businesses. Increased global privacy regulations have prompted advertisers and tech companies to move away from using third-party cookies – small digital files that websites download to a user’s device – to track consumer behavior across online platforms. Fernando Bohorquez, Jr.; Gerald Ferguson; and Priyanka Surapaneni of BakerHostetler offer best practices to help businesses prepare for the impending transition from a consumer-tracking framework to a consumer-centric, privacy-forward one.

This issue also delves into the current, uncertain state of the commercial real estate leasing market. Bradley Kaufman of Pryor Cashman and Peter Livaditis of CBRE examine commercial leasing trends in the office, retail, and industrial sectors, and discuss strategies that commercial landlords and tenants are employing in response to market challenges.

Additionally, practitioners in the health care space should be sure to review our new piece on the legal issues surrounding gender-affirming health care services. While the federal government and some states have taken steps to protect access to health care for LGBTQ+ people and prohibit discrimination based on gender identity, several other states have enacted bans on gender-affirming care services. This article addresses the various challenges for health care providers as they try to navigate this dynamic environment.

What other legal topics are explored in this issue? 

As end of year nears, many companies are turning their attention to performance reviews. Employee counseling and discipline are important tools for employers when an employee performs poorly at work or engages in misconduct. When delivered timely and clearly, counseling may improve the employee’s performance or conduct and strengthen the employer’s defense if litigation arises. In this issue, we provide a model performance improvement plan, with explanatory notes and drafting tips, that employers can use to manage and coach a struggling employee and address certain recurring behavioral issues.

In addition to addressing employee performance issues, companies must understand the factors that drive engagement within their organization to create an effective talent management strategy. Aalap Shah and Lianne Richardson (Chew) of Pearl Meyer provide insights on how companies can unlock employee potential and gain a competitive advantage in the talent market by cultivating a positive culture that connects people to purpose.

The Journal also profiles leaders across the legal industry. Whom did you interview this month?

Among others, we checked in with Practical Law Advisory Board member Shouvik Biswas of Kubota & Basol. He discusses the biggest challenges facing IP&T attorneys and how his previous career as an engineer informs his current work as a patent attorney.

How can readers access The Journal?

Readers can enjoy free access to The Journal on To view the content, they simply sign in to their Reuters account or, if they don’t have an account, they can register here.

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