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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.


Osbornes forms seven-member Euro-alliance with German firm

Bristol-based Osborne Clarke has added a 35-partner German firm and a Milan firm to its European alliance and re-named it Osborne Westphalen International. The German firm Graf von Westphalen Fritze and Modest, run by the Count of Westphalia Friedrich Graf von Westphalen, is a mid-sized corporate, IP, IT and media practice originally based in Cologne, […]

Demand rises for "know-how' staff

THE recent explosion of mergers and the tendency towards specialisation will lead to a sharp rise in the number of law firms employing “know-how” managers to share out information, recruitment consultants have predicted. Know-how managers act as a bridge between the legal and the IT departments of the firm. The majority of the top 20 […]

Hiccup over Wilde Sapte/AA

In a move which is likely to affect Wilde Sapte’s deal to link with Arthur Andersen, two leading asset finance partners – David Smith and Mario Jacovides – have resigned to join Allen & Overy. The two were significant billers and their departures – at a time when Andersens is doing financial due diligence on […]

In brief: SJ Berwin seeks German alliance

SJ Berwin was believed to be tying up an alliance this weekend with a medium-sized German firm. Partners discussed the deal at their retreat the previous weekend (9-10 May). SJ Berwin, which already has an EU law Brussels office, once had an alliance with Paris-based Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn. It has been a member of […]

Taking the alternative route

Set for a Big City firm and big pay packet? Not neccessarily. Daniel Holden looks at the options for those not entering private practice. Daniel Holden is a freelance journalist. Private practice for solicitors and barristers is the most sought after career choice for students having completed a Bar Vocational Course (BVC) or Legal Practice […]

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