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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.


Ex-ICI lawyer boosts Pinsents big business

PINSENT CURTIS has hired former ICI lawyer Richard Thomas as a consultant to improve its business with large companies. Thomas was senior solicitor with ICI when he retired earlier this year at the age of 62. He had worked for the chemical giant for 30 years, handling mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, disposals, demergers and business […]

Litigation Discliplinary Tribunals 13/06/95

JOHN HENRY JANES, 46, admitted 1977, practised as Howard Janes, Kingsbridge, Devon, struck off and ordered to pay £881 costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and used client money for own purposes, held himself out as practising solicitor in investment business when he had no authority to do so, failed to deliver accountants report on […]

Deacon's wife sues ex-partners of firm

EX-PARTNERS of Deacon Goldrein Green (DGG), the collapsed Liverpool legal aid firm now in liquidation, are being sued for negligence by the wife of former partner David Deacon. The action is likely to become a claim on the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF). The writ, issued in Liverpool’s District Registry, names nine individual partners, including Deacon […]

Barrister claims race bias at Bar after tribunal

A BLACK barrister has accused the Bar Council of racial discrimination over its decision to take disciplinary action against him. Jonathan Deve’s case was brought before an industrial tribunal in central London last week but was adjourned until August. Deve was brought before a Bar disciplinary hearing for allegedly misleading the court during a case […]

In brief: East Anglian firm splits for dual identity

The demerger of East Anglian practice Birkett Westhorp & Long has resulted in two firms bearing the name Birkett. One offshoot, Birkett Long, will operate from offices in Colchester and Halstead. The other, Birkett’s, will work from a base in Ipswich.

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