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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.


Libel/Food Contamination. When food isn't quite so glorious

Incidents of food and drink contamination, whether malicious or accidental, are never out of the news for long. Only recently it was reported that Marks & Spencer had launched a campaign to recall certain chocolate cakes on the same day that Sainsbury’s were recalling wafers because of possible contamination. The two incidents were unrelated. Such […]

Outside bidder wins Winter-Taylors

Troubled Home Counties firm Winter-Taylors was snapped up last week in a surprise eleventh-hour merger move by neighbouring practice Blaser Mills. Blaser Mills stepped in with a rescue deal which was accepted by partners of the debt-ridden firm ahead of that from Kidd Rapinet. The moved shocked Winter-Taylors creditors and partners of Kidd Rapinet who […]

Mears defeated over Lowe's pay-off

MARTIN Mears’ bid to veto Solicitors Complaints Bureau head Veronica Lowe’s pay-off has been blocked by the Law Society Council in the first major defeat of his presidency. There was speculation that John Hayes might resign if Mears’ resolution to “examine” the pay-off of around £80,000 agreed by the secretary general had been passed. Mears […]

Litigation Personal Injury 26/09/95

Holland v Smith – QBD 23 June 1995 Claimant: Bernard Holland Accident: Motorcycle accident Injuries: Plaintiff received severe, multiple injuries to head, arm, leg and remains disabled Award: £219,24Judge: Mr Justice May Solicitors: McGrath & Co (London) Turner v Plessey Research Caswell – QBD 26 June 1995 Claimant: James Turner, 56 Accident: Research worker contracted […]

Tread very carefully

Ian Muirhead is the managing director of legal financial services network Solicitors for Independent Financial Advice. Solicitors are prime targets for money launderers. Our whole ethos and apparatus lends itself perfectly to the purpose of those seeking to conceal the origin of criminal funds. Client accounts, offshore trusts, money transmissions, powers of attorney and client […]

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