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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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Opinion: Germany or bust

Weakness in Germany could seriously jeopardise your wealth  With continuing headlines about low growth and the financial crisis in ­Europe it would be easy to believe that US and UK law firms have little interest in the Continent, but this would be a long way from the truth. The EU remains the world’s largest […]

Clare Singleton

The Lawyer Management: Taylor Wessing

At the start of 2011 Taylor Wessing made two senior hires as part of an extensive reshaping of its board. One was Clare Singleton, previously chief of staff at accountancy firm Deloitte, who joined the firm as chief operating officer (COO). What does your role involve? It’s extremely varied – it ranges from strategy to […]

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Simmons ranks in Stonewall’s gay-friendly employers top 10

Simmons & Simmons has held onto its title as the most gay-friendly law firm for the fourth year running in LGB charity Stonewall’s employer rankings. Simmons & Simmons was ranked 10th overall – and the top law firm – in Stonewall’s eighth annual list of the top 100 lesbian, gay and bisexual-friendly employers in the […]

Eversheds makes strides towards eliminating pension deficit

Eversheds cut it pension deficit in half during the 2010-11 financial year as part of a strategic plan to clear the liability altogether. According to the firm’s LLP accounts, the pension deficit reduced from £1.33m at the 2009-10 year-end to £672,000 a year later. Director of finance Kathryn Fleming said the firm was “working to […]

How to win firms and influence fees

We all know that bank panel reviews are all about the money. But as our cover story this week explores, there are very different ways of running tenders. When we asked senior finance lawyers at the end of last year for their candid thoughts on the panel reviews of the past few years, the reactions […]

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