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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.


Going global for new alliances

The beauty of Scotland is that it is big enough to be important in the UK and small enough for everyone to know everyone else.” Secretary of State for Scotland George Younger’s made this comment on Scotland generally, but it is particularly apposite to the country’s legal profession. The legal community is small enough for […]

SA lawyers plan to unite

South Africa’s leading black and white lawyers are to meet at the end of this month to thrash out a plan to create a unified post-apartheid body to govern themselves. The country’s attorneys – the equivalent of solicitors – are regulated, under a 1974 statute, by the four provincial law societies of Natal, the Cape, […]

Teething troubles expected as City switches to Crest dealing

The introduction of the Crest electronic share dealing system in the City this week is awaited anxiously by lawyers who will have to deal with a plethora of new paperwork. Different documentation will be needed for rights issues and takeovers to take account of the Crest system which has been developed under the auspices of […]

Result due in vital CJD link test case

Judgment on the test case alleging a link between Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease and human growth hormone treatment is expected this week. The test case at the High Court, which lawyers say was fought to the hilt, is believed to be the first CJD case to be litigated anywhere in the world, as well as the first […]

Hard lessons of the UK-US marriage

Theodore Goddard’s move to sell off its Eastern European office to its former alliance partner, US firm Dewey Ballantine, is another example of the trans-Atlantic dream failing. In the late Eighties and early Nineties, in the name of business strategy, firms looked at every option to expand. Globalisation seemed to provide the opportunity and many […]

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