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Looking to the future with a new UK insolvency regime

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (the Act) promises to bring into effect a mixture of temporary measures to alleviate the problems created by the Covid-19 pandemic and some permanent reforms to the UK restructuring and insolvency regime.

Podcast series #2 – The build-to-rent sector post Covid-19

In this Podcast Shoosmiths real estate partner, Judy Fawcett, and Andrew Wells, Partner & Head of Leeds Office at Allsops, discuss which parts of the wider Residential Investment market are most active and so present the best opportunities post COVID-19. Click below to listen to the first in the series.

To the point: technology & digitalisation l June 2020

Hot water instead of toxic substances. Bags that can’t be stolen. Phosphorus that can be “recycled”. “Waste pieces” with a cult character. Beer with “rhythm & beat”. Austrian Patent Office President Mariana Karepova was delighted to announce the truly innovative ideas and solutions nominated for the Austrian “Staatspreis Patent”, a state prize awarded for trendsetting […]

Rise in venture capital-backed tech in response to pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has destabilised global markets. However, the crisis has encouraged swift adaptations in all walks of life and the development of innovative living and working patterns as a result of lockdowns around the world.

Will Covid-19 speed up green funds revolution?

If you were managing to ignore the increased importance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it will be hard to do so now. As succinctly put by the now infamous Greta Thunberg; “If the coronavirus crisis has shown us one thing, it is that our society is not sustainable”.


Pedal tests the mettle

Allen & Overy (A&O) has espoused the ‘healthy body, healthy mind’ ethos with its new building housing a fancy-pants gym and bike racks and showers for staff who cycle to work. And to prove that this is a top-down philosophy, behold, in technicoloured, Lycra glory the wonder of 12 of A&O’s most well-known partners. From […]

Cherie says ‘no’ to US special relationship

In her first newspaper interview since leaving No 10 Downing Street, Cherie Booth QC of Matrix Chambers has shunned the lure of the US dollar and pledged her future to the UK legal system. The wife of former prime minister Tony Blair said she has ruled out following in the footsteps of her husband’s attorney […]

Morris wins second term as DWS chief exec

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) chief executive Howard Morris has been re-elected for a second term. Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) chief executive, Howard Morris, has been re-elected for a second three-year term beginning in February next year. Morris said: “My first three years as chief executive have provided a very solid base from which to drive […]

Survey reveals fifty per cent slump in individual pro bono hours

The number of hours individual lawyers dedicate to pro bono work has almost halved in the past five years, new research commissioned by the Law Society has found. Each lawyer on average now provides 15 hours of free advice a year, compared with 32 hours in 2002, according to the survey. The findings, which polled […]

Gibson Dunn gives London first promotion for four years

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s London office has seen its first promotion to partnership for four years. London-based litigation lawyer, Rachel Couter, is one of the 14 firmwide promotions which will be effective as of January next year. The firm which has five offices outside the US, promoted 13 lawyers in the States. Gibson Dunn managing […]

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