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Startup Series – II – Building Your Company

I. INTRODUCTION TO BUILDING COMPANY FOR STARTUPS In the first article of our startup series, we have mentioned crowdfunding, which is a contemporary and interesting topic, and dwelled on the conditions of using crowdfunding as an alternative financing source in your company. For the second article of our series, we want to turn our course back a little bit, to the period when your ideas and your startup are slowly maturing. One of the most important questions in mind during the initial period when there is no legal entity yet when there is just you and perhaps your partner, your opinion and effort are undoubtedly “Will we establish a company?”

Why now is the time for a first-class outsourced switchboard

Where others see obstacles, let us see opportunities. Now we are starting to move back into our offices, we’re all looking for ways to make improvements and savings. Especially with additional measures in place to receive staff and visitors. Here is how outsourcing your switchboard can greatly improve your front of house team. And ultimately, your firm’s operations.

Employers should prepare for long-term changes to the world of work

There are of course many negatives arising from the crisis presented by COVID-19. However, there could be real benefits for businesses and their staff if we take some of the opportunities that have been presented and do not just look to revert to the old ways of doing things.


Second tier is out to impress

Unusually, the group of firms below the big five – Ashurst, Herbert Smith, Lovells, Norton Rose and Simmons & Simmons – has already given indications of its financials. This is terribly convenient for us legal market anoraks, since even at this early stage in the reporting cycle we can start to make relatively informed observations. […]

Ashurst moves into Shearman’s building

Shearman & Sterling’s London office is to sublet half a floor to Ashurst. Ashurst will move around 50 staff across the road to Shearman’s Broadgate West offices on Appold Street in June. The sub-lease was signed in August 2007. The Broadgate West building already houses parts of Ashurst’s real estate, litigation and energy practices, but […]

DWF scraps new office plans due to credit crunch

DWF has put its expansion plans on hold, with the economic climate making office openings too costly. DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland told The Lawyer of his change of direction, which came after a number of merger overtures to firms in several markets outside its Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Preston bases. Leaitherland said: “I’ve looked […]

Gift aid

Organ donation is in the spotlight as the effects of the Human Tissue Act start to appear. Julie Austin reports on how the law has changed since the Nationwide Retained Organs Group litigation

Dundas & Wilson in landmark High Court pension win

The London office of Dundas & Wilson has won a High Court victory for the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) that will have wide-reaching implications for thousands of pensioners in insolvent companies. Sitting in the Chancery Division, Mr Justice David Richards found in favour of the PPF in a long-running case relating to asbestos producer Turner […]

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