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What does the future hold for cybersecurity?

With any security policy now and in the future, leaders need to remember the fundamentals of what they are trying to achieve. Everyone wants their business to do well and be successful, and that means protecting data, while keeping business critical systems up and running efficiently. Already today, we’re putting a focus on security – and have seen new compliance laws in relation to that. Requiring compliance with regulation is just one way of trying to force the market to adopt minimum acceptable standards. But this is just that – the minimum – and every business leader needs to aim higher than that level.

Financial services investigations and enforcement monthly round up

A round-up of recent enforcement actions and investigations in the financial services sector. This month in summary: FCA publishes Decision Notice against Corrado Abbattista for market manipulation ICO fines company £130,000 for unauthorised pensions cold calls FCA publicly censures former Worldspreads CEO for market misconduct FCA scraps half its criminal probes into money-laundering breaches   FCA publishes Decision Notice against Corrado Abbattista for market manipulation.

Webinar: Thrive in complexity with intelligent case research tools

Accurate and comprehensive case research is a challenge shared across the legal profession. As printed law reports have given way to digital resources and ever more information is available online, how have the dynamics of common law research evolved, and how do practitioners approach this crucial work in the information age?


Chris Smylie

Maclays turns to Deloitte as it eyes City growth

Scotland-headquartered firm Maclay Murray & Spens has called on Deloitte to carry out a strategic review of its operations as it weighs up its options for the future. The news comes as the firm revealed a drop in turnover and rise in average profit per equity (PEP) partner for the 2011-12 financial year. Turnover fell […]


Ashurst wins $700m finance role for Brazil’s Petra after taking on legal chief as secondee

Ashurst and SNR Denton have landed UK roles on a finance agreement that sees Citibank provide an affiliate of Brazilian oil and gas group Petra Energia with an estimated $703.6m (£452.6m) credit line to fund its exploration projects. Citi’s New York branch has entered into a secured credit agreement with Stein SP Participações, with the […]

Judgment call – 16 July 2012

Under the Energy Act 2004 Sch.8 Pt 4, the principal employer under an occupational pension scheme was obliged to ensure that it offered membership in a new scheme it had purchased on the basis of benefits no less favourable than those enjoyed under the previous scheme. Banking and finance Urenco UK Ltd v (1) Urenco […]


Trowers senior partner-elect set to refresh the brand

Trowers & Hamlins’incoming senior partner has vowed to refresh the firm’s brand when she takes office next year. The Lawyer revealed yesterday (11 July 2012) that the firm’s’ private equity co-head Jennie Gubbins would replace Jonathan Adlington as senior partner when he retires next year after 12 years in the job. The firm also announced […]

Rowan Freeland

Android war – UK courts win

Apple IP challenge shows our court system is willing and able to achieve speedy results  This 4 July saw an American defeat: in the first final judgment in Europe in Apple’s assault on its Android-based competitors, Mr Justice Floyd held three of its four patents in issue invalid, and that HTC’s Android phones did […]

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