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Looking to the future with a new UK insolvency regime

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (the Act) promises to bring into effect a mixture of temporary measures to alleviate the problems created by the Covid-19 pandemic and some permanent reforms to the UK restructuring and insolvency regime.

Podcast series #2 – The build-to-rent sector post Covid-19

In this Podcast Shoosmiths real estate partner, Judy Fawcett, and Andrew Wells, Partner & Head of Leeds Office at Allsops, discuss which parts of the wider Residential Investment market are most active and so present the best opportunities post COVID-19. Click below to listen to the first in the series.

To the point: technology & digitalisation l June 2020

Hot water instead of toxic substances. Bags that can’t be stolen. Phosphorus that can be “recycled”. “Waste pieces” with a cult character. Beer with “rhythm & beat”. Austrian Patent Office President Mariana Karepova was delighted to announce the truly innovative ideas and solutions nominated for the Austrian “Staatspreis Patent”, a state prize awarded for trendsetting […]

Rise in venture capital-backed tech in response to pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has destabilised global markets. However, the crisis has encouraged swift adaptations in all walks of life and the development of innovative living and working patterns as a result of lockdowns around the world.

Will Covid-19 speed up green funds revolution?

If you were managing to ignore the increased importance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it will be hard to do so now. As succinctly put by the now infamous Greta Thunberg; “If the coronavirus crisis has shown us one thing, it is that our society is not sustainable”.


Fair game?

News of the National Lottery Commission’s shock decision to exclude Camelot from further negotiations reached David Pannick QC of Blackstone Chambers when his mobile phone rang on a beach in Cannes on 23 August last year. The thrust of the argument that would dramatically overturn the commission’s decision was formed there and then as Pannick […]

Capital & Regional

Both Fladgate Fielder, which acted on the property aspects of this deal, and corporate adviser DJ Freeman have longstanding relationships with Capital & Regional (C&R). At Fladgates, the C&R relationship has been developed by property partner Eammon Cannon. Other recent Fladgates deals C&R include its joint venture to develop the integrated retail and leisure scheme […]


Following on from last summer’s chaotic bid for Hyder, Western Power Distribution (WPD), which won out against Japanese bank Nomura, is offloading a number of the Welsh water and electricity company’s assets. The £20m management buyout of Hyder’s consulting business by 70 senior managers may provide a new client for Wragge & Co, as it […]

Beachcrofts shuts office after NHS cut

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is closing its Sheffield office after the National Health Service Litigation Authority’s (NHSLA) decision to remove the office from its panel (The Lawyer, 15 January). Beachcrofts has lost NHSLA work in London and Sheffield, although it remains on the panel in Winchester and has won a new Bristol contract. The decision to close […]

Brief encounter: Manches, oxford

Manches’ Oxford office is thriving. Its primary service to specialist clients in the biotechnology and technology sectors seems to be paying off. But whether the firm can achieve sustained growth on the back of Oxford’s thriving property market and the buoyancy of the technology and biotechnology sectors is another matter. Through expansion, Manches believes that […]

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