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The challenge of on-going innovation for FinTechs

A roundtable discussion between General Counsel from a range of fintech companies highlighted some common ground when it comes to the challenge of on-going innovation. A virtual roundtable hosted by sector head for financial services at Shoosmiths, Stephen Dawson, and partner Luke Stubbs, in conjunction with The Lawyer, brought together a group of senior lawyers […]


prudential / american general

This is the second big M&A deal for Freshfields and Prudential, after the firm advised Prudential on its £1.9bn bid for fund manager M&G two years ago. On that deal, co-head of the financial institutions group Philip Richards led the transaction, while this time corporate partner Graham Nicholson gets the call-up. Nicholson was asked in […]

Burton Copeland embarks upon national drive with Liverpool office

White-collar crime firm Burton Copeland opens its new Liverpool office today (19 March) as part of a bid to become a national firm. The office will focus on all aspects of white-collar crime cases, and it is hoping to rival Liverpool firms such as Quinn Melville for fraud work. Commercial fraud partner Lesley Burrows, who […]

Forsters lands Chester CC rebuild work

London firm Forsters has scooped a massive contract to advise Chester City Council on the major redevelopment of its town centre. To be appointed for the project, the 19-partner firm beat two top 10 London firms and two leading regional firms. Forsters was invited to pitch at the end of last year and had to […]

Fountain Court boosts clerk count

Magic circle set Fountain Court is taking on three new clerks, including one from rival One Essex Court. John Clements will join from One Essex Court, and two further junior clerks at the bottom end will bring the total count to 11. Clements has been at One Essex Court for 12 years and will leave […]

Haarmanns defends Vienna merger against bar attack…

German law firm Haarmann Hemmelrath has come under attack for its merger with Austrian firm Hügel & Partner, which the Viennese bar claims is illegal. It claims that Austrian law does not allow the merger between the Austrian firm and the German multidisciplinary practice (MDP) because the Bar Rules Act prohibits MDPs from practising in […]

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