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Capital markets update – November 2018

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman The first edition of Capital Markets Update rounds up the month’s developments within the equity capital markets. Click below to read more

Proposed changes to how MEES affects residential landlords

By Peter Williams Residential landlords will be required to spend up to £3,500 of their own money improving the energy efficiency of their properties. The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) for properties that are to be let came into force on 1 April 2018. The regulations apply to both commercial and residential properties but this […]

Blog: New technology to drive solicitor’s productivity

We are finding that solicitors – and indeed others operating in the professional services sector – are facing a work-life balance crisis. In fact, according to our recent survey on workplace stress, 61% of the sector attributed lack of time as a key source of their work pressure. We believe technology can help solicitors use […]

Blog: Why are lawyers writing code?

Legal firms are embracing digital legal software – reimagining their business, streamlining processes, integrating real-time systems, providing mobile access and automating routine tasks. As part of this, increasing numbers of lawyers are choosing to find out more about what is going on behind the technology that is transforming the way they work.

Steps by Serbian Commission for Protection of Competition to encourage birth rate

By Srdjana Petronijević and Zoran Šoljaga The Serbian Commission for Protection of Competition (the “Commission“) is taking steps to encourage the birth rate in Serbia, one of the country’s primary political objectives. Its contribution to achieve that objective is current antitrust investigation on the baby care product market, which could ultimately lead to a price […]

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Law Soc slams government plans for fraud trials

The Law Society and solicitors have hit out at new government proposals suggesting that judges be allowed to dismiss defendants’ advisers in very high cost fraud trials. The proposal was made in a Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA) consultation paper published last week (4 August) on judicial powers to manage conflict of interest and capacity […]

Standard Chartered creates role to ease regulatory burden

Standard Chartered is seeking to improve its regulatory relationships across the globe with the creation of a new legal role after it bought a stake in a Pakistani bank. As first reported by The Lawyer (17 July), group head of legal David Brimacombe is relocating from London to Dubai to take up the position. In […]

SPG switches to Prime Professions for insurance broker duties

The Sole Practitioner’s Group (SPG) has picked new professional indemnity player Prime Professions as its only approved broker for solicitors’ insurance. Prime Professions, which launched in December 2005, replaces Alexander Forbes as the SPG’s broker of choice. Law Society statistics show that in 2005 there were 4,172 sole practitioners listed on the solicitors’ roll, each […]

Taking the gamble

As the arrest of BetOnSports’ former chief executive David Carruthers continues to send shockwaves through the online gaming industry, a split has emerged in the investment banking and legal communities. There are those banks and firms that fall into the Skadden and Credit Suisse camp and those occupying the Freshfields and HSBC camp. As we […]

Sweden’s Cederquist targets mass growth with new business plan

Swedish firm Cederquist has hired the managing partner of Vinge’s Brussels office to kick off a major expansion push. Cederquist has plans to substantially expand its capacity in Sweden to rival market-leaders such as Vinge and Mannheimer Swartling. The firm’s managing partner Jens Tillqvist told The Lawyer: “We have a new business plan. Today we […]

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