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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.


Barrister criticised in Sawoniuk trial debacle

Barrister Kaly Kaul has been hauled up before a High Court judge over remarks made during the War Crimes trial. Kaul – briefed in the case by her ex-husband Martin Lee, a solicitor acting for defendant Anthony Sawoniuk – incurred the wrath of Mr Justice Potts by revealing to the jury that her client had […]

Silicon Valley IP pioneer ships out as New York firms move in

The Bar Council is considering radical reform of its complaints handling system – even though its current arrangement is praised by the Legal Services Ombudsman. As predicted in The Lawyer last week, Ann Abraham’s annual report blasts the Law Society’s complaints handing for “spiralling out of control” to such an extent that its ability to […]

Linklaters acts for BP in liquid gold takeover

Oil is indeed turning out to be liquid gold for Linklaters. The firm is acting for BP Amoco in its proposed u15bn-plus takeover of US oil group Atlantic Richfield (Arco). The deal, announced last week, will be the second huge transaction Linklaters has worked on for BP in under a year. The firm acted for […]

The Law Society – friend or foe?

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 970 4640, e-mail, DX44700 Soho Square. Are we, as a profession, in a total mess, or is all that seems to be going on a figment of my imagination? Certainly my contacts across our profession seem to indicate that everybody […]

Martineaus suffers first partner loss

An equity partner has left Birmingham-based Martineau Johnson for the first time in the firm’s history. Joanna Lawson-King is to join Pinsent Curtis as a partner on 1 January 2000. Her departure date has been set for 31 October. She joined Martineau Johnson from university nearly 20 years ago. Michael Shepherd, Martineau Johnson’s senior partner, […]

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