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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.



Slaughter and May senior partner Tim Clark is a cunning chap. On the face of it, he’s presided over a firm that has shrunk its global reach over the past decade: it has closed in New York and downsized massively in Paris, transferring its French-qualified lawyers to Bredin Prat. But behind the scenes, Clark has […]

UK Roundup: The North West

Pinsents starts recovery in Manchester Pinsent Masons is intent on rebuilding its Manchester presence following the spate of losses it suffered earlier this year, and the summer has seen the national heavyweight begin its assault. The firm boosted its Manchester corporate department in August by snaring highly rated partner Stephen Levy from Hammonds and partner […]

MBRM fills Chinese void with Hong Kong launch

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) is soon to open a Hong Kong office in order to provide a China legal offering that it has conspicuously lacked up until now, The Lawyer can reveal. Likely to open by January, it will be a fully fledged MBRM office rather than a consulting office, such as the […]

Shakespeares joins with Putsmans for £20m firm

Birmingham firms Putsmans and Shakespeares have agreed to merge, creating a new £20m player in the Birmingham mid-market. As first reported on www. (10 October), the combined firm will have more than 50 partners and be effective from April 2007. Putsmans chairman Terry Lipscombe said: “The Birmingham mid-market has changed a lot in recent […]

A&O senior associates in line for £200,000

Magic circle firm launches new financial package in bid to retain talent Senior associates at Allen & Overy (A&O) could earn up to £200,000 as part of a complete overhaul of the magic circle firm’s career structure. As first reported on last Thursday (12 October), A&O has abolished its current bonus system and will […]

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