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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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Last of DAC casualties joins Masons

The final casualty of Davies Arnold Cooper’s massive restructuring is joining Masons. Stephen Lane, head of tax at DAC, left the firm a week ago. DAC announced in February its intention to cull 90 members from its Manchester and London offices. Lane says: “After the decision was made to make people redundant they were given […]

College to offer low cost loans

London’s College of Law is launching a low-interest loan scheme for Legal Practitioners Course (LPC) and Bar Vocational Course (BVC) students in tandem with NatWest bank. The college, which trains half the profession’s annual intake of barristers and solicitors, is offering fixed loans at 6.25 per cent interest or variable loans at 0.75 per cent […]

Jury trial safeguards must be kept

Vicki Chapman explains why plans to remove defendants’ rights to choose jury trial are both unjust and impractical. The Home Secretary has announced plans to remove the right of defendants to choose jury trial for a range of “either-way” offences. He has suggested the majority of defendants who elect Crown Court trial intend to plead […]

Square Mile

The radical slimming of insurance panels which has recently dominated the news pages of the legal press has come as no surprise to anyone who has been involved in insurance related litigation for more than a few years. Five years ago, the loss adjuster community was reeling from a similar tightening of the insurance belt, […]

In brief: The Environment Agency

The Environment Agency has appointed David Stott as its first full-time Chief Prosecutor in a bid to crack down on law-breakers. A former CPS chief crown prosecutor, Stott joined the agency in 1997 and will oversee all its enforcement action.

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