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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?


Co-op considers action against Merrill Lynch

Richards Butler has been appointed by the Co-operative Group to investigate possible legal action against Merrill Lynch over the management of its £2bn pension fund The Co-operative Group announced on Friday (17 May) that it is ending its 30-year relationship with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers following dissatisfaction over its investment performance and the recent departure […]

DAC secures ninety per cent payment of legal fees for Independent Insurance policyholders

The policyholders of collapsed insurer Independent Insurance are inching towards an agreement over payment of their legal costs An agreement has been reached for private policyholders, but their corporate counterparts will have to sweat out a High Court test case to find out if they can recover the costs.The insurer went into provisional liquidation in […]

Deals summary

Stephens & Scown (John Stephens) advised the South West of England Regional Redevelopment Agency on the construction of a new 100,000 sq ft warehouse distribution centre in Cornwall for US booksellers Borders. Fenners (Caroline Frampton) advised Borders. Addleshaw Booth & Co (Peter Hardy) advised Hobden Cromwell on its £13.5m acquisition of the properties of BP’s […]

PR Clifford guns for lawyer after lapdancing scandal

PR Max Clifford has initiated legal proceedings against a solicitor from West End firm Jeffrey Green Russell As revealed in The Lawyer two weeks ago, Clifford is furious at the solicitor for negotiating a confidentiality contract between a lapdancer and his client Bryan Mcfadden of Westlife, and then acting for her in the sale of […]

Law Society goes £3m over its legal budget

The Law Society spent £7.4m on external legal fees last year, more than £3m over its legal budget, The Lawyer can reveal The figures were given to Law Society Council members in a meeting last week. The overspend has led the society to review its use of outside firms. It has now decided to bring […]

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