What’s that? Use of private WhatsApp chat in misconduct proceedings allowed

The Scottish Courts held that private communications such as WhatsApp messages may be used as evidence in misconduct proceedings where the individuals involved are subject to regulatory standards and where it is in the public interest to do so.

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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 […]

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On 10 November 2020 we held a webinar as part of the IHL series looking at the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act which came into force in the summer. During the session, our panellists outlined the new rules and gave some practical tips for contracts, and other useful steps to think about. You can watch […]

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Coronavirus Portugal – Impact on Tourism sector

Are there any temporary measures applicable to accommodation reservations and the relationship between travel agents? In the context of the pandemic of the disease COVID-19 and through Law Decree no. 17/2020 of 23 April 2020 exceptional and temporary measures have been established for the tourism sector applicable to (i) the cancellation of reservations made in […]


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