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Legal guide to pre-enforcement steps under Jersey and Guernsey law

The temporary Covid-19 protections offered by the UK government to businesses to prevent them from being subject to winding up petitions or wrongful trading actions are currently due to expire at the end of September (although an extension is very possible).

Switzerland – restructuring and insolvency activity

The Swiss federal government’s Expert Group expects Switzerland’s GDP to fall by 1.5 per cent in 2020, down from previous expectations in December 2019 that predicted a rise of 1.3 per cent, mainly because of covid-19.


Mediators offer little value

Marion Simmons QC argues that lawyers possess the skills necessary to have a structured discussion between themselves, their client and the other parties without requiring the intervention of a mediator to reach a compromise. Marion Simmons QC practises at 3/4 South Square. Is a decision by a judge always the best way to resolve a […]

Herbert Smith advises e-bank

Herbert Smith and Irish firm Arthur Cox are advising on what they claim will be the first global online bank. Herbert Smith, in conjunction with Spanish law firm Uria & Menendez, is advising Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria and the largest European and South American-quoted internet company, Terra Networks. The bank and the internet company are […]

Cadwalader poaches CMS Cameron McKenna's head of African practice

US firm Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has lured CMS Cameron McKenna’s highly-regarded project finance partner Paul Biggs to join its London office. Biggs is the head of Camerons’ African group. His departure will come as a blow to the firm as it restructures its management team to boost its ambitions for international expansion. Biggs has […]


In the first of a new series, Abigail Townsend asks which type of firm is likely to get a significant share of the rich pickings that are on offer in the pharmaceuticals sector. The new millennium got under way in style for the pharmaceuticals industry as two industry giants started work on one of the […]

Testing compensation levels

Judgment is now pending in a Court of Appeal battle which may see the level of personal injury compensation increase. A rare five-judge court, led by Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, has been asked to hold that present guidelines on compensation levels are “no longer fair and reasonable”. Eight test cases involving a spread […]

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