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Life sciences law review – Switzerland

Switzerland harbours many sectors of the life sciences industry. Swiss research, development and production are well known in all corners of the planet. Switzerland is home to world leaders and is the origin of many groundbreaking ideas turned into successful start-ups, some set to become top players within a generation. The Federal Institutes of Technology […]

FCA guidance on supporting customers impacted by coronavirus in the high-cost credit market

The FCA has announced a package of measures to help protect consumers in the high-cost credit (HCC) market. This guidance has been published alongside guidance for customers in the motor finance market and follows on from finalised guidance issued last week in relation to the protection of customers in the personal loan, credit card and overdraft markets.

Banking themes to expect in 2020

Despite the global economy stuttering following months of trade tensions and Brexit uncertainty, and the more recent impact of the global coronavirus pandemic, existing trends in the banking sector continue to march on. In this article, partners Paul Gair and Tim Waller and legal director Harry Parker, give their views on what we’re likely to see across three areas shaping banking at the start of this new decade.


Jeux sans frontieres

The 25th anniversary of the IBA Section on Business Law is a good chance to reflect on developments in the practice of law in Europe and to speculate about what the future may bring. Perhaps the most striking changes since 1970 have been the enormous growth in the size of firms and the extent to […]

Cabinet reshuffle spreads load

HOME Secretary Michael Howard has allocated new responsibilities to his ministers, following the appointment of Tom Sackville as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State. The department now has five ministers under Howard. Nicholas Baker resigned as Under Secretary of State earlier this year on medical grounds and was replaced by Timothy Kirkhope. Sackville joined the team […]

Solicitors urged to invest more money in IT

Helen Sage reports Many legal firms are not capitalising on the technology revolution and are consequently not as profitable as they could be, according to David Higdon, computer consultancy partner with chartered accountants James & Cowper. He told a recent seminar, attended by Thames Valley solicitors, that computer strategy needed to dovetail into the practice’s […]

Your secrets are safe with us

The former media firm Wright Webb Syrett recently hit the headlines when stacks of client files were dumped in a building skip. Nearby drinkers who came across the files were treated to details of the affairs of a string of celebrities including Sean Connery, Gillian Taylforth and Bill Wyman. With the information super highway offering […]

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