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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.


Rough trade?

There is little in the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) report that should come as a surprise to the bar. Although dressed up in the language of competition and market regulation, the central question posed is whether a single business structure should continue to be the sole vehicle by which barristers are able to offer […]

Real Estate and Projects

Pearl Assurance and National Provident Life invest £65m in Covent Garden Market, the offshore investment vehicle set up by Scottish Widows to hold the assets of Covent Garden Market and Piazza. Pearl Assurance and National Provident Life advised by Nabarro Nathanson (Amanda Howard). Scottish Widows advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (David Lewis, Mark Watterson). Fujitsu […]


In much of the press coverage surrounding the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) investigation, the report itself was often presented as the opening salvo in an attack on the fat cats that, in the words of a Government source, inhabit the “cosy, insulated world” of the professions. So if this is war, what do the […]

Gaymer wins senior partner position

Simmons & Simmons has appointed head of employment Janet Gaymer to succeed Bill Knight as the firm’s senior partner. Gaymer emerged as the firm’s most popular candidate in the first ballot, after being opposed by head of corporate finance Stuart Evans and senior commercial partner Edwin Godfrey. She becomes the only female senior partner at […]

UN Value for money?

Hammond Suddards ran a short-lived campaign last year through Saatchi & Saatchi’s corporate division, Team Saatchi. The agency was appointed after being approached by the firm in autumn 1999, with a brief to raise Hammonds’ profile outside its native area of Leeds and promote its different practice skills. Team Saatchi created a branding campaign in […]

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