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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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General Motors brings in new GC

General Motors (GM) has appointed Jenner & Block head of corporate Robert Osborne as its new general counsel. Osborne, who has advised the company for more than 20 years, will join in September. He replaces Tom Gottschalk, who will remain with the company as head of law and public policy. Osborne will report to Gottschalk […]

A&O confirms 20 per cent PEP rise

Magic circle firm Allen & Overy (A&O) has posted double digit growth in both its turnover and profit but it still lags behind its magic circle rivals. As first revealed in The Lawyer on Monday (July 3) A&O has seen average profit per equity partner (PEP) jump by 20 per cent from £656,000 to £787,000 […]

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CPS hit by racism allegations

The Crown Prosecution Service has been rocked by accusations of racism by one of its own prosecutors, former barrister Uma Bhardwaj. Bhardwaj is taking the CPS to the Central London Employment Tribunal, claiming its recruitment strategy discriminates against black and Asian recruits. In 2004, the CPS offered Bhardwaj a role as a senior prosecutor but […]

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BAA takeover saga ends as Goldman Sachs bows out to victorious Ferrovial

The battle for BAA has ended with Ferrovial – and Freshfields – as the winners. Husnara Begum reports Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringerpartners Will Lawes and Laurie McFadden were looking rather pleased with themselves last week. Last Monday (26 June), their client, a consortium led by Spanish construction group Ferrovial, bagged BAA following a fiercely fought £12bn […]

Howrey takes Haarmann competition partner

Howrey has scooped a third new lawyer for its Brussels office with the hire of former Haarmann Hemmelrath competition partner and Martina Maier. Maier is due to join Howrey at the end of July, according to German legal website JUVE. She worked in the Brussels and Paris offices for the now defunct Haarmann Hemmelrath, which […]

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