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Digital Therapeutics – Evolution and entry into mainstream healthcare

Research undertaken by DLA Piper’s Life Sciences practice in conjunction with The Lawyer seeks to understand the current developments in the field of digital therapeutics, looking at key questions that need to be addressed if these products are to become mainstream components of health systems across the world.

Hackers steal 1.2 billion passwords — four steps to take now

By Aravind Swaminathan and Tara McGraw Swaminatha The New York Times recently reported that an organised Russian criminal group stole approximately 1.2 billion username and password credentials associated with more than 500 million email addresses from hundreds of thousands of websites around the world. The article notes that the hackers used a large botnet (a […]

Follow-the-settlements clauses revisited

In autumn 2011, Thailand suffered severe floods. Among the properties damaged were shops and distribution centres owed by a subsidiary of Tesco. Tesco was insured against property damage and BI losses in Thailand under a master global policy issued by ACE European Group and under a local policy issued in Thailand by ACE INA. The […]

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What role does HR have in protecting staff in the physical workplace?

An increasing number of businesses are choosing to return to the physical office, whether that be once or twice a week, or full time. Either way, it is vital that employers ensure that the work environment meets the strict health and safety standards necessary in order to avoid outbreaks of COVID-19 amongst staff members. This […]

The end of normal? Law firm survey 2020

Our 2020 law firm survey, developed in association with The Lawyer, reveals many law firms were ill-prepared for the seismic shock from the coronavirus outbreak. The crisis has cast an uncomfortable light on firms with poor financial management or without the necessary technology infrastructure. The pandemic already appears to be widening the gap between law firms, with some now under real pressure.

Covid-19 Update – Coronavirus, domestic abuse and legal action

The difficulties with court listings and the inability to hold hearings in a normal fashion has now been underway for 6 months. The recent guidance set out in ‘The Road Ahead’ shows there is no likelihood of that changing in the near future. This means there has had to be a reconsideration of what delays are acceptable and what reasons are sufficient to delay final decisions being made for children.

The rule of six: Legal obligations on food and drink businesses in England

Whilst we have very quickly become familiar with the “rule of six”, regulations come in to force today placing a further legal obligation on businesses in England that serve food for consumption on the premises to ensure that, save for in limited exceptions, bookings of more than six people are not accepted.

Landlord’s remedies and COVID-19 – has the pendulum swung too far?

As another week draws to a close, in a time when every day seems to bring unexpected – and often unwelcome – news, the landlord community is reeling – albeit perhaps largely in a somewhat unsurprised and resigned fashion. This is due to the latest announcements from the government affecting the commercial landlord and tenant relationship.


Richard Obank, DLA Piper

Last year, DLA Piper’s Richard Obank was the firm’s only UK restructuring partner not parachuted in to support on Carillion’s liquidation. The reason? Obank was already at the beck and call of a number of retailers feeling the pressure on the high street, an area in which City lawyers were rubbing their hands with glee […]

Sandra Wallace, DLA Piper

Birmingham-based DLA Piper employment partner Sandra Wallace is destined for great things. From a legal practice perspective, she already has a stellar reputation for representing national and international clients on the full remit of employment law services. From a management point of view, DLA Piper’s UK managing partner between 2015 and 2018, who led the […]


DLA Piper unveils Manchester boss as next UK managing partner

DLA Piper has appointed a new UK managing partner and shaken up its international executive team following the re-election of Simon Levine as international managing partner last month. Manchester-based finance and projects partner Liam Cowell will take the reins from Sandra Wallace, who, after three years in the role, will step down to focus on her role […]


DLA Piper crowns Levine for second consecutive term

Simon Levine has secured another four year tenure as managing partner of DLA Piper after no one else in the partnership stepped forward to challenge him. Despite rumblings in some corners that a potential contender could rise up out of Europe, it’s been an assuredly silent week for Levine who was re-elected unopposed. Levine first took […]

David Barker, Pinsent Masons

In a climate of fear over data privacy issues, Pinsent Masons’ David Barker is the lawyer increasingly taking the calls from big corporates. Last year, the firm’s head of TMT disputes led on some of the largest disagreements for big-name clients, including the first two UK High Court trials on ‘right to be forgotten’ cases. […]

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