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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.


William Bloomer: Heath Lambert

Heath Lambert’s head of legal William Bloomer has already presided over a raft of changes at the insurance broker, but with a merger looming his skills are going to be more invaluable than ever. By Joanne Harris The insurance industry is in the middle of consolidation, and the next acquisition could well be that of […]

Sidley, Skadden, Jones Day top Fortune 1,000

Sidley Austin, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Jones Day have retained their positions as the favoured counsel to the US’s leading corporations, according to new research. The annual survey of client satisfaction within Fortune 1,000 companies by BTI Consulting Group reveals that just 21 firms dominate primary relationships with the US’s largest listed companies. Sidley topped […]

Sharpe Pritchard fails in Agassi tax appeal

Sharpe Pritchard has lost the final set of a battle with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) over the amount of tax payable by tennis star Andre Agassi. Partner Trevor Griffiths, instructing Gray’s Inn Tax Chambers’ Patrick Way, defended Agassi against the Government’s House of Lords appeal from a November 2004 Court of Appeal decision, which […]

Big cases fail to halt BLG’s turnover blues

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) is bracing itself for a drop in turnover, despite involvement in high-profile cases such as Equitable Life. Preliminary results for the past financial year showed that income was down by 2 per cent, meaning revenue dipped to around £78m after hitting £80m in 2005. Average profit per equity partner is […]

A new chapter for The Lawyer

You will have noticed something different about your copy of The Lawyer today. As we announced last week, we’re launching a redesign. We wanted a cleaner, brighter look with a more coherent flow of pages. We also wanted to publish on recycled paper. So for the past few months we’ve been working with John Belknap, […]

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