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COVID-19 has put many businesses in a difficult financial situation

Although the Government recognised this by pushing the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 through Parliament to try and stem the inevitable wave of insolvencies, directors and owners cannot afford to take their eyes off the ball for a second.

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New complaints body launched

A new body to deal with complaints against the legal profession was formally launched today (28 October) by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer. The Office of the Legal Services Complaints Commissioner (LSCC) has full powers to set targets and to fine the Law Society if it fails to deal with complaints. The news follows the […]

Linklaters raids Lovells for finance star Freeman

In a blow to Lovells’ acquisition finance practice, star banking partner Adam Freeman has quit to join Linklaters. Freeman’s resignation was announced to the Lovells partnership last night, but the terms of his exit have not yet been finalised. Freeman’s promotion to the partnership in 2003 formed part of a renewed push by Lovells into […]

Legal Widow

At last, a reason to shun equity: people get awfully cross with you when the profits go down. “Poor sods,” said the Lawyer cheerfully, as he launched his copy of The Lawyer across the breakfast table. Story after story had partners apologising for their performances and promising to do better, placating the underdogs or simply […]

Taylor Wessing opens first Dubai base

Taylor Wessing has established its first permanent presence in Dubai, which it hopes to expand after Christmas. International arbitration head and construction partner Peter Shaw will be based in Dubai full time in the offices of Dubai firm Key & Dixon, with which Taylor Wessing has had a formal association since 2002. The main areas […]

HSBC seeks worldwide fee rate from global panel

HSBC Holdings is demanding a single worldwide rate from firms seeking a place on the bank’s global panel. The bank has told firms that if they win a place on the coveted panel they will automatically qualify to pitch for work outside the UK. It is understood that in return firms must include a common […]

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