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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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Surviving the collapse of legal aid

The Legal Aid Board (LAB) is not having an easy time of it. In February, The Lawyer revealed that it was planning to slash pay among senior staff and introduce lower salaries for newcomers (1 February). In April, The Lawyer’s campaign to protect legal aid for personal injury cases highlighted the Government’s attacks on the […]

In brief: The American Bar Association's

The American Bar Association’s (ABA) commission on multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs) has voted to recommend MDPs, as predicted in The Lawyer last week. If the proposal is accepted by the ABA at a vote in August, it could overhaul the US legal industry allowing accountancy firms and other professions to expand into legal services.

Nabarros lobbies for property law

NABARRO Nathanson is lobbying the Government to change the law to boost investment in the ailing residential property market. Nabarros is due to meet with Treasury and Inland Revenue officials on Wednesday (16 June), to discuss its proposals, based on booming US real estate models. Nigel Heilpern, Nabarros property finance partner, told its annual property […]

A suitable case for treatment

I have been a great admirer of Robert Sayer since his stand against Steve Hamnett many years ago. It was therefore with dismay that I read your news item (The Lawyer, 7 June) and find it impossible to disagree with a word of your editorial. The trouble with Mr Keating is that, as with all […]

Square Mile

The Working Time Regulations have again thrown into focus the demands the legal profession imposes on its members. While firms may claim they have a culture that is demanding but informal, recognising that quality of life is an issue for partners and staff – the reality is often different. All firms are in the market […]

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