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Winding up petitions: High Court guidance

Regulations laid before Parliament yesterday seek to extend the current restrictions on the presentation of winding up petitions to 31 December 2020. However, there will inevitably come a time when these temporary restrictions are lifted.

Covid-19 guidance for courts in Northern Ireland – Civil Actions

On 23 September, the Lord Chief Justice’s Office issued Covid-19 Guidance for Civil Actions which applies to all civil actions in the High Court and County Court from 1 October 2020. This Guidance is an attempt by the Office of the Lord Chief Justice to have the civil courts undertake as much business as possible during the pandemic.

Running a charity at a time of crisis: reputation management tips for the third sector

Charities are undoubtedly invaluable to society, but regardless of their admirable aims, they are not immune to experiencing a crisis. This fact has come sharply into view amid the coronavirus pandemic, with charities currently experiencing , caused primarily by a drop in donations. This financial hit has left charities especially vulnerable, leaving the door open for mistakes and wrong decisions to be made. But there are steps you can take before and during a crisis to shield against reputational fallout


Sydney declared defamation hot spot

Sydney is the defamation capital of the English-speaking world, according to a British legal expert working in the Australian city. Based on his research, figures show that one writ is served for every 79,000 people in the state of New South Wales, which is a higher rate than England, with one claim per 121,000 people, […]

Deal of the week – kingsway partnership Pinsents signs Kingsway deal after decade of delays

Lawyers to the Kingsway Partnership have finally advised on the signing of an £80m development agreement for the controversial Kingsway Business Park at Rochdale, but face continued opposition from landowners, including rival developer Deanbank Investments.The Kingsway Partnership includes housebuilder and developer Wilson Bowden, advised by Pinsent Curtis Biddle, the North West Regional Development Agency (NWDA), […]

Olswang quits Olswang

Simon Olswang, founding partner and chairman of the technology media and telecoms firm that bears his name, is retiring.Olswang founded the firm in 1981 but has not done any fee-earning for some four years. He is understood to be leaving with an annuity package of around £200,000 a year for 10 years.Olswang handed over the […]

Camerons migrants programme 100% success

CMS Cameron McKenna has won 100 per cent of its immigration cases for highly skilled migrants since January 2002. The firm has now successfully acted for 40 highly-skilled migrants applying to live and work in the UK without a prior job offer. This amounts to around 10 per cent of the 338 permits issued by […]

Trowers draws Poole from Hammonds for corporate

Trowers & Hamlins has hired Hammond Suddards Edge corporate partner Tony Poole as it continues to grow its corporate department.Staff numbers in the corporate department have increased by 25 per cent in the last 12 months, and corporate work now represents 25-30 per cent of the firm’s revenue.“Over the last few years our corporate group […]

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