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Beachcrofts hire sparks financial crime dept

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is launching a specialist financial crime and integrity services unit with the hire of Professor Barry Rider (left) as a consultant. Rider, a former director of the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, will advise on issues linked to financial crime. The firm will offer risk-based evaluating systems for the detection […]

Government fights accusations of UK’s “growing compensation culture”

The government has today (November 10) vehemently denied suggestions that there is a growing “compensation culture” in this country – a stance welcomed by the insurance industry. Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor, speaking at an insurance conference in London this morning, said: “My view is clear – I am opposed to the idea, or anything […]

Freshfields, Slaughters secure roles on Warner Chilcott buyout

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May, two firms heavily targeting private equity, have secured vital new instructions on the £1.62bn buyout of UK pharmaceutical company Warner Chilcott. Last week JPMorgan’s bidding vehicle Warren won the auction for the Northern Irish pharmaceuticals company, a victory for a trio of new Freshfields clients – Bain Capital, […]

Highland bling

The big four Scottish firms – McGrigors, Dundas, Maclays and Shepherd + Wedderburn – are holding their own. But it is London that is providing the means. By Brendan Malkin These days any focus on the leading firms in Scotland means a shining a light on the capital – and we don’t mean Edinburgh. London […]


After thirty years on the drawing board, a true pan-European company is now possible The concept of a European company was first mooted by the European Commission in 1970. Policy-makers felt that a corporate vehicle governed by Commission law would help to promote free movement and develop the single market. Member states wrangled over employee […]

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