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Patenting of human genes?

By Barbara van der Ven Is it possible to patent the sequence (or partial sequence) of human genes? Genetic research is very important in the fields of diagnosis and treatment of genetic disorders, infectious diseases and non communicable diseases. From the very beginning, genetic research has always been connected with moral and ethical questions, such as […]

Dutch Data Protection Authority imposes processing ban on tax authorities

By Anke Holtland, Jacobine van Beijeren The Dutch Data Protection Authority published its decision last week to impose a processing ban on the Minister of Finance for the processing of Citizen Service Numbers ( BSNs ) in VAT identification numbers by the Tax Authorities. Background of the use of BSNs The Tax and Customs Administration is charged with providing VAT […]

Financial regulatory news updates: November 2018

The Financial Regulatory News Updates: an overview in which our Banking and Finance Practice Group highlights recent legislative developments and publications of supervisory authorities in the financial markets.

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Why you might be accepting fake news without realising it

Do you believe everything you see? No matter how discerning or intelligent you are, we are all pre-programmed to be more accepting of information in certain contexts than others. While most of us are wise to the ‘Nigerian prince’ phishing scams of old, we are less likely to question an email from someone we know. We might question news on a website we’ve never seen before – but not in a publication we know well. And if we follow somebody high-profile on a social media platform we’re familiar with, like Instagram, chances are we take what they say at face value. It’s precisely because of this that mainstream media recently described influencer and celebrity accounts as ‘the gateway drug to fake news’.

Coronavirus: Impact of exceptional and temporary measures on enforcement proceedings [Portugal]

A number of exceptional measures have been introduced in the justice sector. These measures are set out in Law 1-A/2020 of 18 March and Decree‑Law 10-A/2020 of 13 March (as amended by Law 4-A/2020 of 6 April). The measures include exceptional rules on the extension of time limits and of the periods to take judicial steps. The rules will remain in place until the end of the exceptional situation to prevent, contain, mitigate and treat COVID-19.

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The combined revenue of the 100 largest independent firms in Europe continued to rise in 2019, The Lawyer can reveal – but firms are bracing for a reversal of fortunes in 2020. Total turnover for the 100 firms rose 5.2 per cent last year, from €10.4bn in 2018 to €10.94bn (£9.6bn), continued an upwards trend. […]

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Dentons unveils contingency measures for Continental European offices

Dentons is reducing the cash distributions of its partnership in Continental Europe and Central Asia, as part of a package of measures to reduce the potential damage of the Covid-19 crisis on its business. The firm is also asking staff to take 50 per cent of their holidays before September, while partner monthly draws will be […]

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The old normal: European lawyers are still coming to London

Back in February 2017, our sister title Lawyer 2B conducted a survey. Six months after the Brexit vote, we asked foreign lawyers if they were thinking of returning to their country of origin. Around 10.8 per cent of the over 400 foreign-born lawyers polled said yes, and the figure rose to 16.5 per cent among […]

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Clifford Chance recruits Simmons’ innovation head

Clifford Chance has hired Simmons & Simmons’ innovation head to lead on one of its main best delivery internal arms. April Brousseau has moved to the magic circle firm, where she has taken on a new role as global lead for the firm’s Create venture, which is focused on capturing and developing innovative ideas by […]

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Eversheds introduces flexi-working scheme alongside extra holiday for carers

Eversheds Sutherland has taken several further measures to combat the impact of coronavirus, as the firm has decided to make significant reductions in discretionary spend and is deferring a review of remuneration and bonus payments until October 2020. The firm has also introduced an enhanced holiday scheme, which gives an additional day of holiday for […]

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