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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.



Memery Crystal is a 12-partner firm with a leading reputation among AIM-nominated advisers (nomads) as the predominant AIM firm. Its corporate finance practice consists of four partners – Peter Crystal, Lesley Gregory, Jonathan Davies and Greg Scott – supported by 10 further fee-earners. Corporate finance is the biggest part of the corporate group. The remaining […]

The Insider

Richard Hastings, group legal counsel at Interoute Telecommunications (UK) Richard Hastings left Hammond Suddards, where he was an IT/IP assistant, to take up his role as group legal counsel at European telecommunications company Interoute. Hastings made the move because he sought a more commercial role within his area of expertise. He says: “I love my […]


Lovells has hired Linklaters & Alliance’s international chief Marc Bartel. A major figure in the Alliance merger discussions, Bartel has been brought on board to work on Lovells’ international expansion plans.

Stephenson Harwood hires insurance head

Stephenson Harwood is bolstering its insurance/reinsurance practice by securing a new head from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. Former equity partner Paul Howick joined Barlow Lyde in 1987 from Holman Fenwick & Willan. He specialises in international insurance/reinsurance litigation and commercial dispute resolution. Barlow Lyde is regarded as the leading City firm in both general claims […]

2 Harcourt Buildings sets up mediation joint venture

Commercial law chambers 2 Harcourt Buildings is launching a contracted mediation scheme on 3 October, aimed at cutting the cost of resolving disputes within the construction industry. It is a joint venture involving a company called ResoLex, set up by the chambers of Roger Henderson QC and project management consultancy Symonds. Leading insurance company Aon, […]

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