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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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Beachcrofts in triple raid to bolster construction

Beachcroft Wansbroughs has bolstered its construction team with the hire of three new partners. In London, Tony Blackler joins Beachcrofts from Macfarlanes where he is a partner in the firm’s property group. Blackler specialises in contentious construction work but also has a non-contentious practice. Meanwhile in Birmingham and Bristol respectively, Beachcrofts has recruited Shoosmiths associate […]

A&O reeling after Italian defections

Banking capability badly holed as troubled practice is hit by further key losses Allen & Overy ‘s (A&O) Italian operation has been rocked by the loss of a prestige banking and finance team, leaving the magic circle firm with a skeleton banking capability in Italy. Andrea Arosio, the firm’s star banking partner, has quit A&O’s […]

McLibel duo emerge triumphant from ECHR case

The pair of environmentalists who took fast food chain McDonald’s to court have sensationally won an appeal in the European Court of Human Rights against the British government. Helen Steel and David Morris were sued by McDonald’s in 1990 after they produced a leaflet for Greenpeace entitled ‘What’s Wrong With McDonald’s?’ After a lengthy trial […]

Shepherd + Wedderburn wins F&C adviser role

F&C Asset Management, one of the five largest asset managers in the UK, has added Scottish firm Shepherd + Wedderburn to its legal roster. The appointment follows the merger last October of F&C (formerly Foreign & Colonial) and Isis Asset Management to form a new company with around £118bn under management. F&C’s legal department, headed by […]

The trouble with Italy …

In a world where the global brand is king, you can still count on resistance in the oddest places. The big international law firms still can’t crack Italy. Three years ago, Clifford Chance was destabilised after Grimaldi’s team left. Freshfields had its own set of defections when a team left to form Lega Colucci. Then […]

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