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Prepare to have right on your side when making efficiency savings

As the UK officially enters recession, we are seeing perhaps the toughest landscape in the corporate world for over a decade. With so many decisions to be made to protect the buoyancy of their business, especially as government support schemes gradually come to an end, many employers are finding themselves in a difficult place. On the one hand, they want to value and protect the staff who have succeeded over the past few challenging months but, at the same time, many are finding redundancies in certain business areas inevitable. So how do they navigate this territory and ensure they keep the business going while doing the right thing?

Webinar: Employee Ownership Trusts: Efficient exits on an owner’s terms

Selling a business is perhaps the most critical moment in an owner’s life with their company. The process of finding a buyer and agreeing a price can be drawn out, stressful – and with forthcoming changes to Capital Gains Tax (CGT) – may involve writing a substantial cheque to HMRC. For many owners, there may be another way, by utilising a HMRC-approved Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) to sell their business.

Luxembourg companies allowed to hold virtual meetings until 31 December 2020

With the aim of allowing more flexible governance measures, Luxembourg has passed another law extending the possibility to hold board and shareholders’ meetings in companies and other legal entities[1] remotely up to and including 31 December 2020. The Law[2] was published in the Official Journal on 23 September 2020 and will enter into force on 1 October 2020 (the New Law).



The great divide

Tighter regulation of investment products will spark higher costs for professional advice and leave the mass market out in the cold. By Simon Gleeson The regulatory landscape for retail products in the UK is entering a period of rapid change. Financial Services Authority (FSA), EU and Government initiatives are all running strongly and it seems […]

Simmons takes the plunge in Russia

Simmons & Simmons will launch in Moscow in October to open its 21st international office after taking on a senior in-house counsel. The City firm has hired Renaissance Capital general counsel Konstantin Orlov as a partner for the new office. Orlov will head the firm’s Russia practice, as first revealed on (13 September). The […]

Market thrall

The tie-up between Borsa Italiana and the LSE could herald the opening up of a wealth of new investment opportunities, say Anthony Indaimo and Luca Bonetto After much speculation Borsa Italiana (Borsa) and the London Stock Exchange (LSE) announced on 2 June 2007 that they were to merge in a proposed £1.1bn deal. The deal […]

A sense of belonging

For one day only, Dewey Ballantine’s lawyers belong to LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae. Well, to its website anyway. Jumping the gun slightly, LeBoeuf has listed all of Dewey’s lawyers on its website. 28-Sept: 2007 – A sense of belonging For one day only, Dewey Ballantine’s lawyers belong to LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae. Well, […]

Watson Burton lands HR director from British Energy

Morven Smith has been appointed HR director at Watson Burton. Smith joins from British Energy’ Hartlepool plant, where she was HR manager. She will be responsible for personnel management at the firm’s Newcastle, Leeds and London offices. Watson Burton managing director Patrick Harwood said Smith’s experience would be a great asset to the firm and […]

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