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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.


Tripartite tie-up will form new top 10 national firm

BEACHCROFT Stanleys is in talks with Wansbrough Willey Hargrave and Vaudreys to create the a new national firm ‘centred in London’, The Lawyer can reveal. If the tripartite merger does go ahead it would create a top 10 UK firm by size with more than 400 lawyers. Last week, The Lawyer reported that Wansbroughs was […]

Gear up for incorporation, barrister warns

The legal profession must prepare itself for a major adjustment when the European Convention on Human Rights is incorporated into English law, a leading barrister in the field has warned. Murray Hunt, of 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, which was due to host a conference on the convention’s incorporation over the weekend after The Lawyer went […]

Set mourns Ungoed-Thomas

Chris Fogarty reports Barristers at 7 Stone Buildings have paid tribute to their ‘quiet, strong and generous’ colleague Fergus Ungoed-Thomas, who was killed in a fall during a walking expedition in Snowdonia. Ungoed-Thomas, 54, had been walking in the Crib Goch range with 24 other members of the Midlands Association of Mountaineers when he fell […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Jan Middleton

Jan Middleton was born in Warwickshire in 1957. She is a corporate solicitor for the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and co-chairs the London Boroughs Corporate and Contracts Lawyers Group. What was your first job? Sainsbury’s Saturday girl, aged 16. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? The articled clerk minimum after […]

In brief: Slaughter and May to resign from Liberty

Slaughter and May has agreed to resign as solicitor to Liberty, the West End department store. This follows the conclusion of a boardroom battle last week when all the existing executive directors resigned. The resignation of Slaughters will take effect at the end of a transitional period, during which the new management will consider the […]

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