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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.

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Mackay backs down on pay-per-day fees

THE LORD Chancellor, Lord Mackay, has shelved his controversial plans to introduce £800 to £2,000-per-day civil court fees following pressure from lawyers, judges and civil rights groups. And a public accounts committee report, released last Friday, warned that a drop in the total number of proceedings in the last few years was partly due to […]

Bar pro bono unit wants direct access for public

The public will be able to use barristers without referral from a solicitor if the Bar’s new pro bono unit persuades the Bar Council to relax its referral rules. The unit, launched a month ago to tackle unchecked instances of injustice referred by solicitors, has been inundated with calls from the public. Under the Bar […]

Nabarros marketing director resigns

Nabarro Nathanson has taken advantage of the departure of its marketing director, Kevin Wheeler, to announce a “reappraisal” of its marketing strategy. After two years developing the marketing strategy at Nabarros, Wheeler is leaving to embark on a project at venture capital firm Sinven. Since his appointment at Nabarros, Wheeler has led a number of […]

Bar takes foreigners in profile-raising bid

THE English Bar is to appoint up to six foreign lawyers every year as “honorary members of the Bar” in a bid to boost its profile and clients abroad. The Bar Council’s international relations committee proposed the idea to the Bar Council on 13 July and it was unanimously approved. The selection from the ranks […]

Berwins grabs a third as its advocacy group grows

ASPIRING barrister Khaled Nasir has been plucked from the Bar by law firm S J Berwin & Co. Nasir, 27, is the third barrister to have been recruited by the firm’s growing advocacy practice. He had been squatting at 2-3 Gray’s Inn Square, the chambers headed by Anthony Scrivener QC. Richard Slowe, head of the […]

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