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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.


Jacob wins promotion to the Court of Appeal

Mr Justice Jacob, one of the finest judges in the High Court, has been promoted to the Court of Appeal. In a move predicted in The Lawyer (5 May), Judge Jacob moves up from the Patent Court to replace Mr Justice Aldous, who steps down after some 15 years as a judge. It is understood […]

Vital titles

Just where on earth do City types come up with the names for their deals? Travers Smith Braithwaite recently had the good fortune to act on the management buyout of Regent Street toy emporium Hamleys. And what was the name of the project? ‘Project Soldier’. No doubt this was inspired by the halcyon days when […]

Baker & McKenzie picks Senior for London managing partner

Baker & McKenzie has named corporate partner Gary Senior as its new London managing partner. Senior replaces Russell Lewin, who moves up to sit on the firm’s global executive committee after five years in the top job in London. Senior has also been the partner responsible for professional development and knowledge management at Bakers’ London […]

Dewey postpones European plans

US firm Dewey Ballantine has put European expansion plans on hold as a result of the Iraq war and concerns about the international economic climate. The firm has stalled planned launches in France and Germany, although it continues to look for suitable merger partners. The Lawyer understands that Dewey had been in talks with the […]

Fried Frank rocked by exits

Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson has been hit by the departure of its highly-rated head of structured finance and securitisation. Laurence Isaacson, who has been a partner at Fried Frank since 1997, is leaving for Ernst & Young-associated firm McKee Nelson, taking with him partner Andrew Kwok. He will join McKee Nelson on Wednesday […]

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