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What does the Budget 2021 mean for residential property?

As anticipated, the Chancellor in his 2021 Budget has extended the current Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday and has also introduced additional measures in the hope of boosting the property market. Our Residential Property team provide an overview.

How voice-based document production helps your firm win more business

Throughout the lifecycle management of a client, a great deal of correspondence and documentation is produced. This briefing explains how a speech-to-text document production process can transform client responsiveness and help the firm win more business.

The advantages of Freeports examined following Budget 2021

Businesses operating Freeports will benefit from more generous tax reliefs, customs benefits and wider government support, bringing investment, trade and jobs, but what exactly are the advantages businesses can expect to gain from operating in a Freeport?

Budget 2021: The employment implications

Rishi Sunak has announced the much-awaited budget for 2021 hailing protection for the “jobs and livelihoods of the British people”. Outlined below are the key elements impacting employers and their wider workforce.


Value for money prompts Arts Council to form panel

Arts Council England has unveiled its first formal law firm panel as part of a bid to obtain better service and value for money from its external lawyers. The Arts Council is the national development agency for the arts in England. In total, 15 firms will advise it on areas such as charities, corporate governance, property, information […]


The Government’s corporate manslaughter proposals are to be applauded – now for the rest In late March the Home Office published its long-awaited reform proposals for corporate manslaughter and invited responses by June. The tone is measured and in marked contrast to some of the excoriating language within previous consultations. Clearly, much thought has now […]

Howrey gains Paris office with Cousté merger

Cabinet Cousté & Cousté, one of France’s leading biotechnology and IP firms, will join Howrey Simon Arnold & White, making it the US firm’s fourth European IP office. Managing partner and chief executive officer Robert Ruyak (left) said: “We’re now well positioned to answer our clients’ antitrust, litigation and IP needs.” Marina Cousté founded the […]

Simpson Thacher attains peak of US M&A

New York’s Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has stormed to the top of Thomson Financial’s US M&A deals table for the first quarter of 2005. The firm rose from sixth place for the same quarter last year to notch up 18 concluded deals. It was also catapulted into first place for announced deals, advising on 20 […]

Deutsche pair quit following cutbacks

Deutsche Bank’s legal department has suffered a double blow following the departure of two senior in-house lawyers. Legal counsel Sajid Hussein and Francis Dickinson have quit the German bank to join Bank of America and Barclays Capital respectively. According to sources close to Deutsche, the departures have been triggered by on-going cost-cutting at the bank, […]

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