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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).


Ex-Stephensons partner joins Carbon Trust

Former Stephenson Harwood partner Tony Stockwell has resurfaced in an in-house role at Carbon Trust, the Government-backed and business-led company that is helping business and the public sector to cut carbon emissions. Stockwell retired from Stephenson Harwood in January this year, after spending 25 years as a partner there. He joins Carbon Trust as legal […]

Who's to judge?

David Blunkett’s proposed guidelines for the higher sentencing of murderers has reignited the battle between judges and Parliament over who should hold sway over the courts. Jon Robins asks whether politics should ever enter the courtroom After only a brief respite David Blunkett has returned to a favourite pastime – that of judge-baiting – with […]

Alder Hey judge caps claimants costs

A judge has ruled that the claimants’ costs in the massive Alder Hey organ retention group litigation ought to be capped after finding that they are “excessive and exaggerated”.Mr Justice Gage found that the claimant solicitors, Alexander Harris, substantially over estimated the number of hours of work required on so-called general issues relating to the […]

The finished product

When Laurie Adams joined ABN Amro, he set about restructuring legal and compliance to align it with the rest of the business. Now, it is a reliable safety net. Husnara Begum reports Laurie Adams, ABN Amro’s head of legal and compliance for the wholesale client business, joined the Dutch investment banking giant in November 2000 […]

KSB Law fee income rises by 21 per cent

KSB Law has seen a 21 per cent rise in fee income, taking the firm’s gross billings to £12m. Average profits per partner remain static at £100,000, with bottom of equity at £85,000 and top of equity at £140,000.

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