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Why trust is the key to success in legaltech

The SRA recently published its Technology and Innovation in Legal Services report. One key feature was improving user trust in legal technology. It’s much more important that you’d think.

“Fire Safety Form” requirements now in force

Following Dame Judith Hackitt’s review into the Grenfell Tower disaster, the so-called “Planning Gateway One” is now in force. This is one of three gateways, or checks and balances, to regulate the life of a higher-risk building.


RBS GC quits for Santander amidst shareholder litigation battle

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) general counsel John Collins has resigned after less than a year in the top job to join Santander UK as director of legal, compliance and regulatory affairs. Collins will remain at the bank until mid-2016, a spokesperson at RBS confirmed. His successor has not yet been named. His exit could disrupt […]


Pinsent Masons picks up Simmons real estate finance partner Hughes

Pinsent Masons has turned to Simmons & Simmons for the hire of real estate finance partner Richard Hughes. Hughes advises both borrowers and lenders active in the real estate, energy, infrastructure and financial services industries. The hire continues a busy year for Pinsents on the lateral hiring front. The firm picked up an energy team […]

Hong Kong

The real estate blog: Eversheds London real estate head Dear talks MIPIM Asia

This week Eversheds’ head of London real estate Bruce Dear shares his adventures at MIPIM Asia. The summit focuses on regional development opportunities and retail real estate trends across the Asia Pacific. “Flight closing” the board says in buzzing red letters. How did that happen? More importantly, how will we explain to our partners that […]


Arnold & Porter picks up AstraZeneca as patent litigation client

It has emerged that Arnold & Porter has gained AstraZeneca as a patent litigation client, strengthening its relationship with the pharmaceuticals giant. According to The Lawyer Market Intelligence (LMI), the US outfit began advising AstraZeneca on patent litigation matters in 2014, with its first case involving an asthma medication claim against claimants Teva Pharmaceutical. The […]

brussels houses

DWF opens second overseas office in Brussels

DWF has opened an office in Brussels, the firm’s second office outside of the UK after opening in Dubai earlier in the year. The new office will provide advice on greater competition and regulatory support for its UK and international clients. The practice will specialise in central and local government, food and retail, transport and […]

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