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Wirecard – has the German financial regulator lost its immunity?

The German regulator BaFin is being sued for abuse of authority following one of the biggest fraud scandals of the decade with German payment processor, Wirecard AG, filing for insolvency owing €3.5bn and its chief executive arrested on suspicion of accounting fraud and market manipulation. This article explores the situation and considers the need for change.

A fast-track for beautiful developments?

The Government has published its long-awaited white paper on planning reform, which seeks views on 24 proposals. In this legal insight we look at the key areas that have been targeted for reform.


In brief: The Solicitors Property Centre

The Solicitors Property Centre has yet again delayed the opening of its first shop. Registration fees of up to £750 were handed over by 700 firms in 1997 but their plans to open at the beginning of 1998 came to nothing. Its flagship collapsed in September and further shops were rescheduled for the following January. […]

Law Soc body: 'scrap SIF'

THE LAW Society’s top advisory body is urging the council to scrap the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) and let lawyers insure through a master policy, or on the open market. The call by the Interim Executive Committee (IEC) will be made when the Law Society council meets to decide SIF’s fate this week. The recommendation […]

Partners in rush for Big Five

THE BIG five firms are receiving an unprecedented number of applications from partners in medium-sized outfits who fear for their future as the market consolidates. Tony Williams, managing partner of Clifford Chance, says he expects 1999 to be “the year of the CV”, with at least 100 approaches from partners at other firms. “Two years […]

Prisoner to sue Home Office

Another test case centring on liability of the Prison Service for the wellbeing of prisoners is now heading for the courts. Robert Hartshorn, who was jailed for murder in 1986, has been given the go-ahead to sue the Home Office for damages in respect of injuries he received when two fellow prisoners at Gartree Prison, […]


Claire Milton led the Berwin Leighton team on behalf of MWB Leisure Fund II in the £80m purchase of the Star City leisure park in Birmingham. Eversheds partner Nigel Watkins represented Star City.

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