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The ability to capture, harness and re-use corporate knowledge has always been important in law firms, and knowledge management is key to doing so. This guide shows you how enterprise-grade social tools can help you advance your knowledge management initiatives…

Asset management and investment update

Each month our Asset Management & Investment Funds team write a ‘Legal & Regulatory Update’. Welcome to the July issue. The topics covered in this months edition include: AIFM fined €443,000 by the Central Bank as a result of regulatory breaches of Client Assets, AML/CFT and Fitness & Probity Rules Corporate Governance Code for Investment […]

Business immigration in Switzerland

By Ueli Sommer, Philippe Nordmann and Simone Wetzstein This Q&A gives an overview of the key factors affecting business immigration, including information on the jurisdiction’s sources of immigration law; relevant government entities; requirements for unsponsored and sponsored immigration; requirements for sponsors; civil and criminal penalties for sponsors; common issues and concerns; dependants; settlement and citizenship; recent trends and proposals […]

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Apil rejects LAB's legal aid concessions

The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) has rejected the Legal Aid Board’s (LAB) latest concessions on legal aid for medical negligence cases. Apil president Ian Walker, who has accused the LAB of removing legal aid “by the back door”, said he estimated that under the concessions about half of all medical negligence cases would […]

Spanking scandal hits North East

A Cleveland barrister is being investigated by local police for spanking colleagues. It is believed that four pupils have made formal complaints for indecent assault, claiming that the barrister slapped their backsides whenever they were said to have made a mistake. Those involved are understandably reluctant to discuss the matter and no formal charge has […]

In brief: Top speakers to address race hate conference

US Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder will headline the 25th anniversary conference of the Society of Black Lawyers next month. Other speakers at the event, the first Anglo-US conference to address race hate crimes, include Helena Kennedy QC and Johnnie Cochran. The event, which is supported by The Lawyer, will be opened by Neville Lawrence, […]

Trainee solicitors forced to break law by small firms

Trainee solicitors are overworked, racially and sexually harassed and are even being asked to break the law by small law firms, according to a review by the Trainee Solicitors Group. The review is based on findings from the TSG’s helpline. TSG outgoing chairman Nick Armstrong said the helpline had received calls complaining that some firms […]

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