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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.

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Mallesons cuts costs with NY and Taiwan office closures

Australian international firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques has closed its Taiwan and New York offices to cut back on costs. But Mallesons’ London partner Greg Hammond emphasised that its London office was staying open. “We have just reviewed all our overseas operations and the decision was taken to close the New York and Taiwan office but […]

Berwins spends on full IT revamp

Alison Laferla reports City firm Berwin Leighton is completely revamping its IT system in an attempt to “leapfrog the competition”. The firm has opted to run on an Intel platform and Microsoft NT, the successor to the MS DOS operating system. The contract for upgrading the IT system, worth over half a million pounds, has […]

Property

Lovell White Durrant advised Albion Property Investments which bought buildings worth £20 million from Langbourn Property Investment Services for a mix of cash and shares. Langbourn was represented by Richards Butler.

Going global for new alliances

The beauty of Scotland is that it is big enough to be important in the UK and small enough for everyone to know everyone else.” Secretary of State for Scotland George Younger’s made this comment on Scotland generally, but it is particularly apposite to the country’s legal profession. The legal community is small enough for […]

In brief: LAB rapped over correspondence handling

The Parliamentary Ombudsman, Sir William Reid, has criticised the Legal Aid Board’s handling of correspondence. Referring to a complaint that the LAB was evasive and dishonest in its handling of solicitors’ correspondence, he said last week: “Delays occurred in associating letters with the file and in replying to correspondence, and points raised by the solicitors, […]

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