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Loading NIS directive 2.0 for higher cybersecurity protection

Given that the landscape of threats has significantly expanded, it comes as no surprise that the European Commission has proposed a revised version of the Directive concerning measures for a high common level of security of network and information systems across the Union.


Travers Smith in management instruction on Hamleys’ MBO

Travers Smith Braithwaite saw off competition from two rival law firms to scoop the mandate on the public-to-private buyout of toy emporium Hamleys. The management buyout, which values Hamleys at £47.2m, was backed by Iceland’s largest retailer Baugur and headed by the toy shop’s chief operating officer John Watkinson and finance director Ian Parker. Baugur […]

Finance deals round-up

Herbert Smith (Dina Albagli) advised Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) on its issue from its master trust Mound Financing, raising £2.26bn for the bank and an increase in trust property to £7.5bn. Shepherd + Wedderburn acted for HBOS on issues relating to Scottish law. Citigroup acted as sole arranger with Credit Suisse First Boston as […]

Property lawyers top professional indemnity hit-list

Property work has once again turned out to be the main cause of professional indemnity claims against solicitors. According to a report by Alexander Forbes Claims Services, 34 per cent of claims from 31 August 2002 to date have been racked up over property matters. Of the property claims, residential work was the biggest offender, […]

Pencil pusher

Former Shearman insolvency star Ronald DeKoven is used to the finer things in life. Matheu Swallow talks to a man coming to terms with grotty old London. Ronald DeKoven interrupts our interview – which is taking place in a small and slightly gloomy conference room in the basement of his new home at 3/4 South […]

The voice of concern

John McMullen gives the results of one of the most thorough studies into the impact of Tupe The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 (Tupe) is one of the most controversial areas of employment law. Confusing and constantly changing, it exasperates all concerned, including employees, employers, HR practitioners and lawyers. Reform of Tupe, […]

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