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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.


Eversheds plans offices in Dusseldorf and Sofia

Eversheds is expanding its European operation to capitalise on the burgeoning German and Bulgarian markets. The firm, which already has a considerable presence in Europe, hopes to merge with a Dusseldorf outfit in the next six months, having identified potential firms. Alan Jenkins, head of the Continental European practice, says it is a logical move […]

Scots slam fixed fees in criminal cases

Scottish lawyers have attacked the Scottish Office’s changes to fixed fees for criminal legal aid, saying the payments do not make provision for complex cases. The fixed payment system for legal aid in summary cases – originally proposed in a Scottish Office’s consultation paper in October – was increased after responses to the paper were […]

North west sets forge alliance

Top Manchester set 9 St John Street is extending its reach to Liverpool, by forging an alliance with 42 Castle Street Chambers, in what is believed to be the first move of its kind. Unlike many other sets in the North of England, they have rejected a full-blown merger because they believe it would damage […]

CPS boss faces race discrimination case

A SENIOR Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) lawyer has been reported to the Law Society over allegations that he breached the Race Relations Act. Stephen O’Doherty, assistant chief crown prosecutor for the London CPS, is accused of breaching the Solicitors’ Anti-Discrimination Rule 1995. The complaint, which was made by Neeta Amin, a CPS prosecutor, has been […]

Andrew Parsons on professional negligence limitation.

Andrew Parsons is a barrister practising at Portsmouth Barristers’ Chambers. WHEN does the primary limitation period begin to run for a professional negligence action in the area of housing law? If a house purchaser intends to take action against an allegedly negligent surveyor or valuer who provides a mortgage valuation report for the mortgagee, does […]

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