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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.


New face for Amex EMEA counsel role

American Express (Amex) has appointed Carol Cocksho-rt as its new managing counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).Cockshort, currently Amex’s regional managing counsel for Latin America, is replacing Mark Chambers, who left the company in October. American Express (Amex) has appointed Carol Cockshort as its new managing counsel for Europe, the Middle East […]

Freshfields’ finance lawyers get their hands dirty in Africa

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer sent members of its finance team to South Africa in the autumn to build houses for the poor of Durban’s townships. Four years ago, Freshfields decided to focus its corporate responsibility programme on homelessness and education in an effort to internationalise the firm’s charitable efforts. The charity Habitat For Humanity International was […]

Wachtell secures major victory for Silverstein in World Trade Centre litigation

Lawyers for World Trade Centre leaseholder Larry Silverstein have secured a major victory over insurers after a jury ruled that the September 11 attacks constituted two separate occurrences for insurance purposes. As reported yesterday by the New York Lawyer, (7 December), the verdict in this, the second insurance trial, will see Silverstein and the site’s […]

Firm profile: Stephens & Scown

Anyone who has holidayed in the South West will testify that there is something strangely, and attractively, remote about Devon and Cornwall. The relatively short distances between towns such as Exeter and Truro can take on epic proportions, especial… Managing partner: Ian PawleyTurnover: £10mTotal number of partners: 33Total number of lawyers: 52Main practice area: Commercial […]

The work-life quiz

Samantha Phillips, managing partner, Harbottle & Lewis What was your first ever job? Milk round, aged eight. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Accidentally putting curdled cream into a client’s coffee just before he started to speak. Where’s the best place to go if you want to find out what’s really going on in […]

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