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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.


Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw boosts construction with Hammonds hire

Mayer Brown Rose & Maw (MBR&M) has bagged a construction partner from Hammonds’ London office. Jonathan Hosie will join MBR&M’s City-based construction and engineering group as its sixth partner on September 6. He is a legacy partner of Edge Ellison, which merged with Hammonds in 2000. Hosie specialises in risk management under building and engineering […]

It’s no joke

An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman were working on a deal. Cue terrible joke, except this one is actually true. Scottish firm McGrigors’ US-born London corporate partner David Mandell was advising online travel group CNG Travel on its AIM IPO recently. Kiwi partner Sean Wallace of BCM Hanby Wallace was advising CNG on local […]

Ranald Munro: Chubb Insurance Company of Europe

With multiple roles for Chubb Insurance, Ranald Munro can keep a watchful eye on all proceedings, from EU legislation to management plans. Joanne Harris reports Ranald Munro is a man of many titles; general counsel and company secretary for the Chubb Insurance Company of Europe are the ones he uses most often, but he is […]

Work-life quiz

Peter Crossley, head of commercial dispute resolution, Hammonds What was your first ever job? A disc jockey at a discount store near Durban, South Africa. What was your worst experience as a trainee? In South Africa, being involved in two separate motor accidents while driving partners’ cars – neither were my fault, honest. Where’s the […]

Separated at birth

The assembled throng at The Lawyer Awards in June was astounded when Martin Clunes, still best known for his role in the seminal 1990s lads-com Men Behaving Badly, bounded up on stage to collect the Niche Firm of the Year Award on behalf of Yorkshire firm Gordons. The Wimbledon-born Clunes has clearly been tiring of […]

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