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What does the future hold for cybersecurity?

With any security policy now and in the future, leaders need to remember the fundamentals of what they are trying to achieve. Everyone wants their business to do well and be successful, and that means protecting data, while keeping business critical systems up and running efficiently. Already today, we’re putting a focus on security – and have seen new compliance laws in relation to that. Requiring compliance with regulation is just one way of trying to force the market to adopt minimum acceptable standards. But this is just that – the minimum – and every business leader needs to aim higher than that level.

Financial services investigations and enforcement monthly round up

A round-up of recent enforcement actions and investigations in the financial services sector. This month in summary: FCA publishes Decision Notice against Corrado Abbattista for market manipulation ICO fines company £130,000 for unauthorised pensions cold calls FCA publicly censures former Worldspreads CEO for market misconduct FCA scraps half its criminal probes into money-laundering breaches   FCA publishes Decision Notice against Corrado Abbattista for market manipulation.

Webinar: Thrive in complexity with intelligent case research tools

Accurate and comprehensive case research is a challenge shared across the legal profession. As printed law reports have given way to digital resources and ever more information is available online, how have the dynamics of common law research evolved, and how do practitioners approach this crucial work in the information age?


Ashurst wins starring role in TV selloff

Ashurst has advised investors in Sparrowhawk Holdings on the disposal of a global portfolio of pay TV channels to NBC Universal. Corporate partner Andrew McMillan led the team acting for 3i Group, Providence Equity Partners, UK television executive David Elstein and the other shareholders of Sparrowhawk. Employee benefits partner Barbara Allen, employment partner Caroline Carter, […]

Family unfriendly

When the Lords threw out HMRC’s appeal against an income-splitting family business, the Government announced a change to the law. By James Johnston In July this year the long-running saga of the family business ‘Arctic Systems’ tax case (known officially as Jones v Garnett (2007)) came to a close, with the House of Lords unanimously […]

Bar Council delays new fee contract scheme

The new fee contract between barristers and solicitors, which was due to be introduced on 1 October, is being delayed by a year. The new arrangements, which will govern the fee relationship between privately paying solicitors and barristers, has been held up due to software suppliers not being able to produce a new infrastructure in […]

Global Elite and Slaughter and May

Investing in a global business is a gamble, but the figures in the firstever The Lawyer UK 200 Annual Report prove that it has paid off for the magic circle. All four saw their average profit per equity partner (PEP) figures leap skywards last year, making it the first year in which all four broke […]

Dewey & LeBoeuf: a happy marriage

Life could not be sweeter for Dewey Ballantine: no sooner did the New York firm evade a potentially acrimonious union with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe than it managed to find the perfect partner in LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae. As reported on (28 August), the firms have agreed a merger that will go through […]

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