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CBI confirms details for taxonomy regulation and SFDR level 2 fast track processes

On 15 November 2021, the Central Bank of Ireland (“Central Bank”) issued a Notice formally confirming its intention to establish a fast-track filing process and also clarified the filing requirements for pre-contractual documentation updates in relation to the Taxonomy Regulation (“TR”) and Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation Level 2 measures (“SFDR L2”). The TR requirements will […]

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The Virus Diaries: Simpson Thacher’s London head on “stress testing everything”

We’re more than three weeks into lockdown, but the number of UK law firms that have begun to take operational action against the impact of the virus is mushrooming rapidly. Last week, Herbert Smith Freehills confirmed it was reducing partner profit distributions as did Taylor Wessing, which also signed up to the UK Government’s furlough […]

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The Virus Diaries: The Withers partner and GC advising on Covid-19 testing kits

Nearly two years ago, Withers – best known for big-ticket family cases, charity mandates or high-end trust planning – bought a 45-person tech firm, JAG Shaw Baker. At first glance, the purchase of the firm was not wholly obvious. JAG Shaw Baker, founded by two ex-Brown Rudnick lawyers James Shaw and Tina Baker, acted mainly […]

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HFW partner fined by SRA for drink driving charge

A HFW partner has been fined £2,000 after an investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) into a drink driving charge. James Cashman, who is a partner in the firm’s London office, was under investigation by the regulator for a 2019 incident. In July last year, Cashman hit a stationary parked car and was arrested […]

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CMS prioritises City growth in latest promotions round

CMS has made up 18 new partners in the UK, with those making the cut all based in the firm’s London office. The UK numbers account for nearly half of the total number of promotions, with 41 new partners globally across Europe, Latin America and Africa. Women make up half of the promotions round in […]

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