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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.


CLSA urges appeals avalanche to reverse LAB phone 'policy'

THE Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association (CLSA) is protesting against an alleged Legal Aid Board drive to reclassify duty solicitor phone calls to police stations at a lower rate, by urging its members to overwhelm the board with appeals. Last week The Lawyer revealed accusations by Eastbourne solicitor Rodney Warren that the Brighton LAB was introducing […]

KPMG Dublin hires duo to build up legal muscle

The Dublin branch of ‘Big Six’ accountancy firm KPMG has recruited a solicitor and a barrister to head a new department which will make further inroads into the legal market. Solicitor Caoive Collins and barrister Michael O’Toole are to be in charge of the new Corporate Legal Advisory Services (CLAS) department, which replaces the Company […]

Wright choice for Lord Irvine

The new Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg, has appointed Blairite constitutional expert Tony Wright as his parliamentary private secretary. The minister’s PPS traditionally acts as his “eyes and ears” on the back benches but Wright, who was a politics lecturer before becoming an MP, may extend this role. Chris Philipsborn, head of the Law […]

Support when it is needed

The TSG represents the interests of law students as well as offering a helping hand. The Trainee Solicitors Group represents CPE and LPC students, trainees and first-year newly qualified solicitors, all of whom are automatic members. The group is an affiliate of the Law Society and obtains its income from a society grant and sponsorship. […]

A modern role for arbitration

Clare Ambrose assesses how the new Arbitration Act will affect the role of commercial counsel as arbitrators and advocates. Clare Ambrose is a barrister at 20 Essex Street. The Arbitration Act 1996 is a confident sign that England’s arbitration system has been fully modernised and is ready to provide efficient and speedy dispute resolution. For […]

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