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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”.


The Spanish monster prepares for Europe

Last year, respected Spanish firm J&A Garrigues invited leading firms across Europe, including Simmons & Simmons from the UK, to mark the 30th year of the Club de Abogados – “the first European club of lawyers” – which the Spanish firm helped set up. But founding partner Antonio Garrigues stresses the “club was set up […]

Disabled lawyers say finding a contract is toughest barrier

LAW firms are continuing to discriminate against graduates with disabilities despite the Law Society’s efforts to stamp out discrimination in the profession, an inaugural conference for solicitors heard. Delegates at the first national conference of The Group for Solicitors with Disabilities, held in Liverpool on 8 February, agreed that it was even more difficult for […]

Fee rises make sense, says Lord Chancellor

The Lord Chancellor defended the recent increases in civil court fees last week, saying that continued subsidy of the courts would “distort choices” when looking at different ways of resolving disputes. In a speech on the future of civil justice, made to guests of the Consumers Association, Lord Mackay said: “I believe that if the […]

B&M loses leading partner

Clifford Chance has recruited a top Baker & McKenzie construction partner to head up a new construction unit. Tim Steadman joins Clifford Chance on 3 March and will work with partner Alan Elias and a team of seven fee-earners to develop the firm’s non-contentious construction practice worldwide. Steadman said the firm is targeting contractors, who […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Hugh Ellins

Hugh Ellins was born in Shoreham-on-Sea on 23 October 1945. He now lives in Newbury and is a partner and head of commercial property at Charles Lucas & Marshall. What was your first job? Greengrocer’s delivery boy. What was your first-ever salary as a lawyer? £5 per week. What would you have done if you […]

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