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Wirecard – has the German financial regulator lost its immunity?

The German regulator BaFin is being sued for abuse of authority following one of the biggest fraud scandals of the decade with German payment processor, Wirecard AG, filing for insolvency owing €3.5bn and its chief executive arrested on suspicion of accounting fraud and market manipulation. This article explores the situation and considers the need for change.

A fast-track for beautiful developments?

The Government has published its long-awaited white paper on planning reform, which seeks views on 24 proposals. In this legal insight we look at the key areas that have been targeted for reform.


NI Law Society refuses to back UN call for inquiry into lawyer's murder

The former partner of murdered solicitor Pat Finucane has attacked the Law Society of Northern Ireland for refusing to back a United Nations’ call for a public inquiry into the killing. UN Special Rapporteur Param Cumaraswamy last week published his report into human rights abuses in Northern Ireland which called for a judicial inquiry into […]

Brown to Nicholsons

David Brown, former legal director of radioactive waste disposal company Nirex, has joined the planning and environment unit of Nicholson Graham & Jones. Unit head John Garbut said Brown “has a unique combination of experience in local government, private practice and industry, as well as singular experience in dealing with major and highly controversial development […]

In brief: Linnells picks up Dallas Best partners

The remaining two partners at the office of dissolved Oxford practice Dallas Brett commercial litigator Andrew Shaw and aviation specialist Glenvil Smith have been picked up by Oxford firm Linnells, along with Dallas Brett assistant Danielle Battigelli. The seven-partner firm dissolved in November after three intellectual property partners left for Rouse & Co in London.

In brief: Linklaters launches new healthcare group

Linklaters has launched a new healthcare group to service clients in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical and hospital sectors. The firm recently advised SmithKline Beecham on its aborted merger negotiations.

Bar hires actuaries to test reforms

The Bar Council has commissioned actuarial firm Watson Wyatt to investigate the cost to consumers of conditional fees, after accusing the Government of underestimating the value of success fees likely to be charged by lawyers. Dan Brennan QC, vice-chairman of the Bar Council, said he had commissioned the firm after informal talks with actuaries indicated […]

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