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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.


Savage's pressure group to attack UK law degrees

Nigel Savage, chief executive of the College of Law, is assembling a group of law firms and LPC providers in an all-out assault on undergraduate legal education. The group is planning to put pressure on the regulators – the Law Society and the Bar Council – to bring about changes in law degrees. Savage says: […]


Ars Electronica: Facing the Future, edited by Timothy Druckrey, ISBN 0262041766 As all that is e becomes more mainstream and enters common discourse and business practice, there is a tendency towards an uncritical acceptance of the current position, historical development and future status of cyberspace. Throughout the mainstreaming of new media there have been writers […]

Striking out

In moving from Simmons to take up an in-house position with tabacco comapny Gallaher, Tom Keevil’s dispute resolution skills will be fully put to the test. Dearbail Jordan reports Simmons & Simmons litigation partner Tom Keevil is horrified at the suggestion that he might enjoy a few freebies when he takes up his post as […]

The Firm

Henderson: …the man offered him six funny coloured beans saying that they had magic powers and could grow a beanstalk high into the sky. So he swapped all his possessions and ran off with the beans as fast as his little legs could carry him. Pratchard: What a lovely bedtime story Tom. Who wrote it […]

News in brief

The libel trial of former Tory MP, Neil Hamilton against Mohamed Al Fayed over the “cash for questions” allegations kicks off on Monday (15 November). It will be heard before Mr Justice Morland at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. The hearing is expected to last 15 days. Leading libel barrister, George Carman acts […]

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