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Winding up petitions: High Court guidance

Regulations laid before Parliament yesterday seek to extend the current restrictions on the presentation of winding up petitions to 31 December 2020. However, there will inevitably come a time when these temporary restrictions are lifted.

Covid-19 guidance for courts in Northern Ireland – Civil Actions

On 23 September, the Lord Chief Justice’s Office issued Covid-19 Guidance for Civil Actions which applies to all civil actions in the High Court and County Court from 1 October 2020. This Guidance is an attempt by the Office of the Lord Chief Justice to have the civil courts undertake as much business as possible during the pandemic.

Running a charity at a time of crisis: reputation management tips for the third sector

Charities are undoubtedly invaluable to society, but regardless of their admirable aims, they are not immune to experiencing a crisis. This fact has come sharply into view amid the coronavirus pandemic, with charities currently experiencing , caused primarily by a drop in donations. This financial hit has left charities especially vulnerable, leaving the door open for mistakes and wrong decisions to be made. But there are steps you can take before and during a crisis to shield against reputational fallout

Prepare to have right on your side when making efficiency savings

As the UK officially enters recession, we are seeing perhaps the toughest landscape in the corporate world for over a decade. With so many decisions to be made to protect the buoyancy of their business, especially as government support schemes gradually come to an end, many employers are finding themselves in a difficult place. On the one hand, they want to value and protect the staff who have succeeded over the past few challenging months but, at the same time, many are finding redundancies in certain business areas inevitable. So how do they navigate this territory and ensure they keep the business going while doing the right thing?


GE Commercial Finance swaps Euro counsel

GE Commercial Finance has named Lorna Curry as the replacement for Kevin Dunn, the general counsel for European corporate finance. Dunn has been promoted to European head of leveraged finance. In her new role, Curry will oversee all European legal matters for the unit, which is made up of almost 2,000 employees and provides capital […]

Macfarlanes eschews laterals for youth policy

City stalwart Macfarlanes will boost its trainee recruitment rate by 20 per cent in the next year as part of a recruitment strategy that will focus on entry-level lawyers rather than partner hires. Macfarlanes will look to recruit around 30 trainees this year, five more than its target figure in recent years. Senior partner Robert […]

Americans show associates the money

It’s all kicking off in New York. Yesterday, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett cunningly stole a march on its Wall Street competitors by raising associate salaries by 10 per cent to $160,000. (That’s £81,000 in real money.) As usual, the New York rises makes London associates – with upper starting salaries of a mere £55,000 – […]

The south west

Clarke Willmott’s revolving door still spinning

ASB acts on hotel site buy for first choice

ASB Law is celebrating its biggest deal to date after advising First Choice Holidays on its £120m takeover of Salford-based hotel booking website The firm, led by corporate partners Helen Mead and Matt Newman, advised its longstanding client as it did when the tour operator purchased Travel Class last year. LateRooms, owned by private […]

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