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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

Prepare to have right on your side when making efficiency savings

As the UK officially enters recession, we are seeing perhaps the toughest landscape in the corporate world for over a decade. With so many decisions to be made to protect the buoyancy of their business, especially as government support schemes gradually come to an end, many employers are finding themselves in a difficult place. On the one hand, they want to value and protect the staff who have succeeded over the past few challenging months but, at the same time, many are finding redundancies in certain business areas inevitable. So how do they navigate this territory and ensure they keep the business going while doing the right thing?


UN pushes for Saudi reforms

A UN envoy is urging the Saudi Arabian government to speed up an unprecedented yet tentative judicial reform process Speaking after a week-long mission to Saudi Arabia, the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Dato Param Cumara-swamy said the kingdom’s legal system was improving following the introduction of a new criminal […]

Border patrols

With the continuing growth of cross-border investment, dispute settlement must maintain uniformity. Alejandro Escobar and Norah Gallagher report International investment is central to the world economy. The legal environment for foreign investment has changed quite dramatically, largely as a result of changes in the global economy after the end of the Cold War. The nation […]

Hammonds set for massive profit drive

Hammonds’ management team is gunning to raise profits per partner by at least 45 per cent, to more than £400,000, by April 2003 and has told partners that not achieving this will represent failure The ambitious statement has been made by senior partner Richard Burns and managing partner Chris Jones in a document seen by […]


In The Lawyer 100 it was incorrectly stated that Hammonds made profits per equity partner of £195,000 in the 2001-02 financial year. The figure was actually £275,000.

Dawsons takes on Far Eastern IP specialist

Dawsons has hired intellectual property (IP) and IT specialist Karen Fong from the Hong Kong office of Denton Wilde Sapte. Fong was a consultant for Dentons, advising on Hong Kong and Chinese IP issues. She moves back to London, where she was based while a partner at Willoughby & Partners.

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