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The challenge of on-going innovation for FinTechs

A roundtable discussion between General Counsel from a range of fintech companies highlighted some common ground when it comes to the challenge of on-going innovation. A virtual roundtable hosted by sector head for financial services at Shoosmiths, Stephen Dawson, and partner Luke Stubbs, in conjunction with The Lawyer, brought together a group of senior lawyers […]


In brief: The Legal Aid Board's

The Legal Aid Board’s annual report shows gross payments rose during 1998/9 to £1.73bn from £1.67bn in the previous 12 months. Chief executive Steve Orchard says the figure will continue to rise because of “all the work in the system”. Invitations to bid for contracts go out this week and have to be returned by […]

Lords uphold decision in Thai Trading

The House of Lords has ended the confusion over the legality of contingency fee agreements by refusing leave to appeal in a landmark Court of Appeal judgment. The decision marks a victory for Caversham-based Taylors in Thai Trading, which has been debated in Parliament. Its effects can be seen in the Access to Justice Bill […]

Jacksons opens Leeds office in insurance shift

North-East firm Jacksons is to open an office in Leeds to cash in on the city’s booming insurance market. It will open in the new year and will be staffed by a single partner. The firm is still deciding who that will be. Jacksons’ move reflects a shift in insurance work from the Manchester legal […]


SJ Berwin advised Chelsfield on its recent purchase of the City Gate office complex at Southwark Bridge, London, from Brixton Estate. Complex tenants include Unisys and the Insurance Ombudsman Bureau. The SJ Berwin team was led by John Eldridge, assisted by Tessa Rudnick and Julie Hasselberg. Jackie Newstead of Lovell White Durrant acted for Brixton […]

Wilde Sapte's exit rules attract French scrutiny

Wilde Sapte is bracing itself for a possible partner exodus if a judgment on its controversial policy preventing more than two senior equity partners leaving each year is ruled unlawful. The ruling by a French judge is due this week. Tom McDonald, a partner in Wilde Sapte’s Paris office, entered arbitration with the French bar […]

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