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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?

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The new president of the European Patent Office (EPO) Alison Brimelow has started her term in office with a vow to improve the quality of patents issued by the office. Brimelow said: “The task now is to make sure that the patents that we grant are relevant. What we need is not more patents, but […]

Far East and India

In recent years the thriving industrial markets inAsia have encouraged the legal profession to advance and take advantage of the lucrative opportunities available. India and China have become increasingly important as foreign firms continue to ramp up in China. Meanwhile, over the past 18 months, UK and US firms have been poised at the starting […]

Charles Russell in High Court battle

Charles Russell is gearing up for a High Court battle after being accused of breach of contract. Communications Technology Investments (CTIL) and consultancy company Peapod are suing partner David Berry and Charles Russell after the firm represented Peapod’s former managing director Rakesh Gandhi in a civil case. Peapod and CTIL are claiming damages in excess […]

The law loses its lustre

Nearly a quarter of you want to quit. In a desperately competitive recruitment market, that’s just about the last thing law firm managers need to hear. Shocking? Yes. Not many apparently sought-after professions have a quarter of their members wanting to quit. The whole issue of work-life balance has now, surely, reached a tipping point […]

The firm that turned

What a relief. After months fielding calls about suing departing partners, Hammonds managing partner Peter Crossley can reveal a welcome piece of good news: turnover and profit both up at the year-end. The tiny turnover increase marks a mysterious dissociation with the firm’s Italian merger partner, despite talk of the resolution of an uneasy relationship […]

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