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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.


Goldman Sachs bins paper billing

US investment banking giant Goldman Sachs is taking an innovative step in managing its external legal costs by moving away from traditional paper billing. After a six-month consultation process, Goldman has rolled out a system, in conjunction with Herbert Smith, which will enable the bank to receive electronic bills. The system allows bills, together with […]

Music and the Deaf awards Cobbetts’ employment head

A love of music, plus support from his firm, has helped Cobbetts Leeds employment head Ronald Drake win an award for his work with Huddersfield charity Music and the Deaf. Drake is a keen amateur singer and a member of several choirs, as well as being a partner in Cobbetts. The firm is a member […]

Lovells’ BAT letter to remain confidential

Lovells litigation partner Andrew Foyle received a reprieve last week after a US appeal court ruled that British American Tobacco (BAT) did not have to hand over a potentially damning internal memo written by Foyle. The decision by the Washington DC Court of Appeals overturned an earlier order from Judge Gladys Kessler, who is hearing […]

Labour to take axe to government lawyers as civil service cuts bite

The government is planning to axe scores of its lawyers, reversing a rate of growth in its legal system that is 1,000 per cent higher under New Labour than under the Conservatives. Several key government lawyers confirmed to The Lawyer that cuts were imminent. The head of the Government Legal Service Doug Walters said: “Government […]

Weber adds name to list of Linklaters corporate departures

The exodus of Linklaters corporate partners is continuing following the departure of Rupert Weber. Weber, who has been a partner since 1998, is leaving Linklaters to join Maitland & Co’s corporate team as a director, based in London. He is the third corporate partner to leave the magic circle firm since it announced a reorgnisation […]

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