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The challenge of on-going innovation for FinTechs

A roundtable discussion between General Counsel from a range of fintech companies highlighted some common ground when it comes to the challenge of on-going innovation. A virtual roundtable hosted by sector head for financial services at Shoosmiths, Stephen Dawson, and partner Luke Stubbs, in conjunction with The Lawyer, brought together a group of senior lawyers […]


Nicholas Siddall

Opinion: Firms shouldn’t just talk the talk on ‘class’ diversity

As a society we like to think of ourselves as a pretty tolerant bunch. We’re slowly learning the lessons of feminism (glass ceiling permitting), have turned our backs on the BNP and these days a trip to London, Manchester or Brighton for the Pride festivities might seem no less unusual than a weekend spent in […]

Moira Gilmour

FFW snares Howrey team for launches in Munich and Düsseldorf

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) plans to open in Munich and Düsseldorf after hiring a four-partner team from Howrey. The offices – along with the firm’s current base in Hamburg – will be managed by the former managing partner of Howrey’s Munich and Düsseldorf offices, Joachim Feldges. The news comes days after FFW announced the hire […]

Robert Ruyak

Howrey boss: shedding 60 partners is all part of a cunning plan

Radical downsizing and a strategic rethink as IP is spun off. In one of the most dramatic restructurings witnessed at any firm since the recession, over the past year more than 60 partners have left Howrey. Observers could be forgiven for thinking it shows all the hallmarks of a firm in terminal decline. Yet managing […]

Reed Smith promotes four London lawyers in 25-strong global round

Reed Smith has promoted 25 lawyers to its partnership as part of its annual round of promotions, including four based in London. The four new City partners are Marcus Dodds and William Howard in shipping, Panos Katsambas in the financial industry group, and Rosanne Kay in the European and Middle East commercial disputes team. A […]


Judge blasts Florida lawyers over ‘retard’ jibes

The new year has got off to a bad start for two US lawyers after they were reprimanded for using a string of insults including “jerk”, “retard” and “scum-sucking loser”. In an increasingly vitriolic email exchange between the Florida lawyers over a six-month period beginning in May 2008, the pair also made allegations about mental […]

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