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Podcast: Lisa Nandy on the US elections and beyond

Richard Hermer QC, Murray Hunt and Helen Mountfield QC speak to Lisa Nandy, Shadow Foreign Secretary and Labour MP for Wigan. Listen as they discuss topics including the results of the US election, the UK’s international reputation and influence, when it is appropriate for the UK to intervene militarily overseas to prevent crimes against humanity […]

Pensions regulator code of practice on scheme funding

The Pensions Regulator has published its interim response to its first consultation on the defined benefit code of practice. The changes require the Pensions Regulator (tPR) to update its Code of Practice on Scheme Funding.


Sara George

Opinion: Financial regulator’s transparency policy is double-edged

The Government intends to give the new Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) power to publicise the fact that it intends to take enforcement action before the firm or ­individual concerned has had an opportunity to put its case. The FCA will take over the investigation and enforcement powers currently exercised by the FSA. Most of the […]

McGrigors, Pinsents bag regeneration work in North

McGrigors and Pinsent Masons have advised on a £265m deal that has seen Newcastle City Council partner with a consortium of developers to regenerate the Scotswood area of ­Newcastle upon Tyne. McGrigors Manchester-based infrastructure partner Nick Ogden led the team advising the BKY consortium, which is made up of Barratt Developments subsidiary David Wilson Homes […]


Protecting brands is one of the biggest ­challenges facing general counsel today. Protecting brands is one of the biggest ­challenges facing general counsel today. There are myriad ways that IP can be infringed, and as ­companies continue to expand into less ­developed markets, rights become even ­harder to enforce. In some cases, lawyers have to […]

Regulation: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Janet Wood On 15 September 2010 the European Commission ­published a formal legislative proposal on new regulation on over the counter (OTC) derivatives, central counterparties (CCPs) and trade repositories, known as the European ­Market Infrastructure ­Regulation (Emir). The timing was ­symbolic, coming exactly two years after Lehman’s collapse, but the ­proposed ­regulation is no mere […]


The genesis of our In-house Thought Leaders ­project can be traced back to our annual summit for in-house lawyers last year, when we eavesdropped on conversations among delegates. Whatever sector those lawyers were operating in we found that a consistent set of non-industry-specific topics animated them, from workplace issues or reputation to regulation or data […]

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