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Time waits for no financial services institution

By Guy Wilkes Financial service firms cannot wait for the outcome of the leave negotiations before putting their restructuring plans into effect After the initial excitement and panic following the referendum result lawyers were quick to reassure their clients that nothing had changed overnight. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) similarly sought to reassure people that […]

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Amendments to the constitutional documents for offshore companies listed in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange recently made various amendments to its listing rules, which came into effect on 1 January 2022. These include its recently published consultation conclusions in respect of the Listing Regime for Overseas Issuers and the Review of the Corporate Governance Code and related listing rules, and the Housekeeping Rule Amendments.

2022 Predictions: Technology sector outlook

After the growth and successes of the tech industry in 2021, James Klein, head of the technology sector at Shoosmiths, shares his thoughts on emerging trends and a few areas where we may see developments in 2022.

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The discovery process in litigation requires that parties must exchange documents deemed relevant to the case. As most documentation is now created, stored and exchanged in digital form, this element of discovery has become known as electronic discovery – or eDiscovery – and has become an accepted part of legal systems worldwide.

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CMS’s former IP head dismissed amid SRA scrutiny

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang has dismissed its former head of IP, with the firm reporting the matter to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). CMS has declined to comment on the reasons for Joel Barry’s departure, but said: “We can confirm that a partner has been asked to leave the firm and will not be […]

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

SRA reveals full list of allegations against Freshfields partner

Following a hearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) last week, a full list of allegations have been published against Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Ryan Beckwith, including claims that his conduct “was an abuse of his position of seniority”. There a total of two, as yet unproven, allegations brought against Beckwith. On both counts, he […]

Pinsent Masons

Junior lawyers tell Pinsents: “We want advocacy training”

Pinsent Masons has responded to increased demand from its lawyers for advocacy training, following in the footsteps of Herbert Smith Freehills and Eversheds Sutherland which already offer such services. Pinsents first offered advocacy training to its lawyers three years ago, but this latest incarnation is a more concentrated, focused programme targeted at junior and mid-level […]

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