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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.


Guardian group set for legal overhaul

The Guardian News and Media (GNM) group’s legal department is set for a massive restructuring of its legal department, which will lead to expansion and the team splitting into two legal divisions. The newly created divisions will be headed by director of editorial legal services Nuala Cosgrove, who will report directly to the editor Alan […]

Fifa dumps legal chief after MasterCard ruling

Fifa has fired its top lawyer in charge of marketing contracts, after a New York district judge ruled it had acted wrongly in sponsorship negotiations with MasterCard. Fifa dismissed marketing head of legal Tom Houseman, along with commercial directors Robert Lampman, Stefan Schuster and Jérôme Valcke. Houseman led Fifa’s rights protection programme during the 2006 […]

Bakers wins over L’Oreal with Appeal Court victory

Baker & McKenzie has strengthened its ties with cosmetics company L’Oreal after winning a trade mark battle in the Court of Appeal. The firm is also working on a separate Court of Appeal IP case for L’Oreal against Bellure, which is accused of copying the smell of the company’s range of perfumes, which is due […]

AOL overhauls legal team following Carphone deal

AOL is set to complete the restructuring of its 22-lawyer in-house legal team by the end of February, coinciding with the financial close of the final leg of its three-part, $1.96bn (£1bn) European disposal. AOL European general counsel Tony Wales told The Lawyer that the company had been through “monumental change” over the past six […]

Redundancies set to hit Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal’s will be forced to make redundancies during the next year due to financial restraints. In the Court’s 44-page annual report, the head of the civil appeals office and master David Gladwell said that the department will have to lose three staff members. This follows the cut of six posts in the […]

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