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The challenge of on-going innovation for FinTechs

A roundtable discussion between General Counsel from a range of fintech companies highlighted some common ground when it comes to the challenge of on-going innovation. A virtual roundtable hosted by sector head for financial services at Shoosmiths, Stephen Dawson, and partner Luke Stubbs, in conjunction with The Lawyer, brought together a group of senior lawyers […]


Takayuki Kihira

Takayuki Kihira, Mori Hamada & Matsumoto, Tokyo

Prior to becoming a Japanese lawyer, I was trained at The Legal Training and Research of the Supreme Court of Japan (April 2000 to October 2001), a public legal training program provided for prospective judges, public prosecutors and attorneys-at-law after passing the bar exam in Japan. Position: M&A and corporate practice group What was your […]

Make a big deal of a big deal

Addleshaws should make more of the success of its Berezovsky fee arrangement How could Addleshaw Goddard lose one of the biggest cases of the year yet still manage to bill Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky £50m for the work it carried out for him over the past four years? The firm has kept tight-lipped over the […]

Taxing time

Tax lawyers have a lot to thank comedian Jimmy Carr for. After all, he suddenly made their presence at dinner parties worthwhile. However, tax avoidance – or ‘tax relief’ – schemes are no laughing matter for HMRC, which has had success challenging their legitimacy in the courts. Which can only mean one thing: trouble for […]

Doughty Street forges alliance with Dutch firm to boost civil liberties practice

Doughty Street Chambers and Dutch firm Böhler Advocaten have formed an alliance, pooling their resources on humanitarian and civil liberties work. To begin with Doughty Street and Böhler, which both specialise in human rights and civil liberties work, will focus on knowledge-sharing and networking, with barristers and lawyers combining on joint campaigns and conferences. There […]


Crackdown on tax relief schemes leads to GC hire for Rebus

A company that specialises in tax relief scheme litigation for investors has hired its first general counsel to head up legal action. Former Clyde & Co lawyer Alice Poole has joined Rebus Investment Solutions to oversee its caseload of 400 clients taking action to retrieve money from complex investments that they claim were mis-sold. Rebus […]

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