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Waste consultations – Implications for food & drink and other manufacturing businesses

By Richard Naish, Ben Sheppard The future of businesses in food and drink manufacturing and its supply chain will be affected by consultations launched by Government on 18 February. The consultations, which are aimed primarily at packaging waste, close on 13 May 2019. The consultation on reforming the UK packaging producer responsibility systemconsiders a range of options to […]

Stronger pensions regulator: The government’s response

By Jo Ratcliffe, Ruth Bamforth, Craig Looker The Government made clear, in its March 2018 Pensions White Paper, it is committed to ensuring  the Pensions Regulator (Regulator) has the right powers to be able to protect effectively defined benefit pension schemes. On 11 February 2019 the Government published its response to its June 2018 consultation on strengthening the […]

Environment and climate change law review

By Manuel Gouveia Pereira According to the Overview of the OECD’s Economic Survey for Portugal in 2017, structural reforms have led to a successful rebalancing of the Portuguese economy towards exports, which appears to be gaining ground, although the continuation of the rebalancing of the economy will require more investment. As of December 2015 the new […]

Debt from Christmas

By David Asker At this time of year, we see many suppliers contacting us about money they are owed from Christmas parties. For these companies it seems the festive hangover has lasted longer than is reasonable so we have put together a handy guide to how companies and business that are owed money from the Christmas […]

Supreme Court clarifies loss of chance rules

By Neil Franklin The Supreme Court has clarified how claims for loss of chance against negligent advisors will be assessed, in a decision that will be relevant to any claim by a bank or lender who is considering taking legal action against third party suppliers who have failed to provide adequate advice on a potential […]

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Clyde & Co promotions help female partner ratio

Clyde & Co has improved its ratio of female partners by making up two women in its latest round of promotions. In 2005 the firm brought in no new female partners, either by promotion or lateral hire. However, this year Paris-based construction litigator Clarisse Billot has been promoted to partner, while marine transport partner Hatty […]

Firm profile: Napthens solicitors

When the partners at Lancashire firm Napthens Solicitors decided to examine their strategy, they looked outside the legal profession for the person who would do the review. The chosen candidate was former HSBC area director Ian Higginbotham. Napthens solicitors” />Chairman: Ian HigginbothamSenior partner: Andrew FergusonTurnover: £4mTotal number of partners: 11 Total number of fee-earners: 30Main […]

Richards Butler lands first Microsoft acquisition remit on Lionhead deal

Richards Butler has scooped the lead advisory role for Microsoft Game Studios on its takeover of UK company Lionhead Studios. It is the first time the firm has acted for Microsoft on an acquisition. Corporate partner David Boutcher and associate Mike Young led the firm’s team on the complex deal, which required a split offering […]

XXIV enjoys 16 per cent turnover hike

Chancery set XXIV Old Buildings is celebrating a 23 per cent rise in revenue per barrister, posting an average income of £434,000 for each of its 29 members. The set saw turnover rise by 16 per cent to £12.6m in 2005-06. But the loss of Roger Kaye QC to the Chancery and Mercantile Court in […]

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