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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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Heatons appoints new managing partner

Niche Stoke-on-Trent firm Heatons has appointed corporate finance specialist Matt Fleetwood as its new managing partner, replacing David Beech. Beech quit Heatons last month to join London-based corporate finance investment house Arev. During his time at Heatons, he advised Icelandic investor Baugur on a number of multimillion-pound deals. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com 6 April 2005

Mind the two-year gap

The Jubilee Line fraud case fiasco has left jurors affronted and taxpayers £60m out of pocket. Jon Robins reports on the latest nail in the coffin for trial by jury In the normal course of events, jurors are not allowed to speak out. But it has been hard to shut up the 12 angry men […]

CIS to cut two-thirds of panel

The Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS) is set to slash its panel of external legal advisers by two-thirds. The Co-operative Insurance Society (CIS) is set to slash its panel of external legal advisers by two-thirds. CIS instructs 27 firms across England and Wales to carry out personal injury (PI), litigation and claims work. As part of a […]

Martineau Johnson loses litigation head to Heatons

Niche Stoke-on-Trent firm Heatons has raided Martineau Johnson for a new head of litigation. Andrew Spooner, who has been the head of Martineu Johnson’s commercial litigation practice for the past 15 years, has joined Heatons as a director of litigation. His arrival follows the appointment earlier this month of Matt Fleetwood as the firm’s new […]

Morris launches review of Dentons’ partner pay

New chief executive stakes all on radical overhaul of controversial profit system Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) chief executive Howard Morris is launching a radical review of the firm’s controversial discretionary bonus system for partners in a bid to stop partner departures at the firm. The top 10 firm operates a modified lockstep, with 25 per cent of profits set […]

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