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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?



CONTRARY to first impressions, Burges Salmon partner Bob Smyth is not a shipping lawyer. But the head of the firm’s environmental unit was out to make a point when he set off to work in a rowing boat. To mark ‘Bristol Walk to Work Day’ recently, he and 44 other members of the firm resolved […]

Third time lucky, Secretaries' groups pull off merger

Helen Sage reports The Society of County Secretaries (SOCS) is to merge with the Association of Council Secretaries and Solicitors (ACSeS) to raise the profile of the profession. The 110 county secretaries will join ACSeS on 1 November this year, completing a merger which was abandoned in 1993 and 1994 because of uncertainty over the […]

Woman's nightmare trapped in man's body

The legal rights of transsexuals will loom large in the courts after applications for judicial review were granted in two separate actions. In one, a 30-year-old man is seeking judicial review of Gloucestershire Health Authority’s refusal to provide NHS funding for gender reassignment surgery; in the other, a 26-year-old man is challenging the right of […]

UK victorious over free trade

THE LAW Society has claimed victory after MEPs voted overwhelmingly to free restrictions on lawyers working abroad. The draft directive on rights of establishment passed its first reading at the European Parliament on Wednesday last week by 449 votes to 23. The directive still has to be approved by the Council of Ministers, but according […]

Wragges property lawyers head off

SEVEN lawyers, four of whom are associates, have left the property department of Birmingham firm Wragge & Co in just three months. Frustration at the lack of partnership opportunities and improvements in the property law job market have been cited as reasons for the departures by lawyers leaving the firm. But senior partner John Crabtree […]

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