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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.


Former Nokia IP head joins Powell Gilbert

IP boutique Powell Gilbert has recruited Nokia’s former head of IP litigation as its seventh partner. Finnish national Ari Laakkonen joined the firm yesterday from the London office of Bird & Bird, where he spent a year as senior European counsel. “We’re looking to grow IT and electronics,” said founding partner Penny Gilbert. “We’re often […]

Nabarro hires Dechert real estate head

Nabarro has made a significant hire in its property group, poaching Dechert‘s UK real estate chief Ciaran Carvalho. Carvalho will joins Nabarro’s property group as a partner, having served as head of real estate at Dechert for six years. Nabarro senior partner Simon Johnston said: “Ciaran has a fine reputation and is a well-known and […]

Facing the music

How did Freeth Cartwright manage to avoid making redundancies until now, while the rest of UK’s real estate teams have been making cuts for more than a year? With around 35 per cent of Freeth Cartwright’s revenues coming from real estate, the firm has, finally, been forced to face the economic music. Corresponding to the […]

Clifford Chance cash call was £60m

Clifford Chance cash call was £60m” />Clifford Chance partners raised a total of £60m in their November cash call, The Lawyer can reveal. The amount raised equates to an average of £150,000 per equity partner, not the £100,000 per partner as has been previously speculated. Managing partner David Childs (pictured) told The Lawyer: “The finance […]

Freeth Cartwright begins redundancy talks with 60

Regional firm Freeth Cartwright has begun a redundancy consultation process with 60 staff, 15 of whom are lawyers. East midlands-based Freeth Cartwright has begun a redundancy consultation process with 60 staff, 15 of whom are lawyers. The redundancies are expected to affect the firm’s offices in Nottingham, Derby and Leicester, with staff in Manchester and […]

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