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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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Modernisation of Justice Bill may be delayed

THE LORD Chancellor Lord Irvine’s proposals to “modernise justice” by introducing block legal aid contracts, a public interest fund and tightening up the legal aid merits test, may have to be delayed for a year . The Lawyer understands that the Lord Chancellor’s Department is battling to get its planned Modernisation of Justice Bill included […]

Ashursts axes £1m IT system

ASHURST Morris Crisp has wasted an estimated £1m by scrapping a practice management system which it purchased less than two years ago. The firm decided last month to abandon its project to install Keystone Systems’ practice management system – originally due to be up and running a year ago. Two weeks ago Ashursts signed a […]

:B&M partners face $3.5m damages bill

Baker & Mckenzie partners worldwide face paying $3.5m bill for damages for sexual harassment of a secretary by one of its Californian partners. Legal secretary Rena Weeks brought the suit in 1992 claiming she had been groped and verbally harassed by her boss, Martin Greenstein – a former trademark partner at the firm’s Palo Alto […]

Are sex changes an "overriding need'?

Three transsexuals are seeking judicial review of a health authority’s refusal to fund their sex change operations, reports Roger Pearson. The High Court is to investigate whether three transsexuals are entitled to have their sex-change operations funded by a local health authority. North West Lancashire Health Authority refused to fund the operations, but now Mr […]

In brief: Defections continue at Edge & Ellison

Edge & Ellison is losing three more lawyers from its insurance department to Weightmans in Birmingham. They are associates Ben Judge and Helen Tinkler and assistant Caroline Wearn. If held to their full notice, they will join Weightmans in July. They follow head of insurance Robin Humphreys and insurance litigation partner Steven Garrett who both […]

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