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What does the future hold for cybersecurity?

With any security policy now and in the future, leaders need to remember the fundamentals of what they are trying to achieve. Everyone wants their business to do well and be successful, and that means protecting data, while keeping business critical systems up and running efficiently. Already today, we’re putting a focus on security – and have seen new compliance laws in relation to that. Requiring compliance with regulation is just one way of trying to force the market to adopt minimum acceptable standards. But this is just that – the minimum – and every business leader needs to aim higher than that level.

Financial services investigations and enforcement monthly round up

A round-up of recent enforcement actions and investigations in the financial services sector. This month in summary: FCA publishes Decision Notice against Corrado Abbattista for market manipulation ICO fines company £130,000 for unauthorised pensions cold calls FCA publicly censures former Worldspreads CEO for market misconduct FCA scraps half its criminal probes into money-laundering breaches   FCA publishes Decision Notice against Corrado Abbattista for market manipulation.

Webinar: Thrive in complexity with intelligent case research tools

Accurate and comprehensive case research is a challenge shared across the legal profession. As printed law reports have given way to digital resources and ever more information is available online, how have the dynamics of common law research evolved, and how do practitioners approach this crucial work in the information age?


Freshfields in straight-to-equity hire

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Paris office has hired Shearman & Sterling finance counsel Linda Hesse and broken with tradition by allowing her straight into the firm’s equity. US-qualified Hesse was a European counsel at Shear-man, where sources say she was a partner in all but name. However, Freshfields Paris has never before hired a new partner […]

The seraph of Nottingham

When Tulkinghorn recently received a phone call from Dechert chief executive Sir Peter Duffell, he was expecting the bigwig to leak a hugely significant story about the firm. So no wonder Tulkinghorn was terribly amused when he realised that the purpose of Duffell’s call was not to tell all about Dechert, but to boast about […]

United Biscuits legal chief quits for Viacom role

United Biscuits’ (UB) head of commercial law Ian Haslegrave has quit the UK’s biggest biscuit maker to join Viacom. Haslegrave is due to leave UB on 3 January and is starting his new role as European legal director for business and legal affairs for Viacom Outdoor, the advertising contractor owned by the media giant which […]

Simmons scoops instruction from Clifford Chance regular Permira

The Italian office of Simmons & Simmons has scored a massive coup by winning a first-time instruction from private equity house Permira. Simmons’ recently-appointed European private equity head Marco Franzini advised Permira and established client Private Equity Partners on their investment in Marazzi Gruppo Cera-miche, the world’s largest manufacturer of ceramic tiles. Clifford Chance has […]

Living on the Edge

Four years after the Hammonds merger with Edge Ellison, London turnover is down by £4m. Can Richard Burns and Peter Crossley make their City office pay its way? By Joanne Harris When any firm’s profits drop, the partners complain. But the communication between a group of Hammonds’ Leeds partners and the management (as reported in […]

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