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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.

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Irvine aspires to be 'people's' Lord Chancellor

THE LORD Chancellor, Lord Irvine has revealed an apparent desire to emulate the popular touch of Princess Diana by being remembered as a “people’s Lord Chancellor”. In a interview with The Lawyer this week, the man who is spearheading a populist shake up of the legal system says: “I hope at the end of my […]

Quality standards: help or hindrance?

Rodney Evans believes that the application of properly structured quality standards to the Bar could improve service, but warns that not all sets will agree. Rodney Evans is a principal consultant with Austin Hall Management Consultants. At the recent conference of the Institute of Barristers’ Clerks, Daniel Brennan QC, vice-chairman of the Bar Council, spoke […]

Derry seeks the common touch

Lord Irvine Leaving the trimmings aside, Veronica Cowan gets to the heart of what really drives the incumbent Lord Chancellor. Veronica Cowan is a freelance journalist. Charles Dickens’ Lord High Chancellor in Bleak House presided over the very things our present Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine wants to eradicate from the civil justice system: cost, delay […]

US firms in battle to increase profits

US firms are struggling to increase profits – even though their lawyers are working longer hours than ever before and at higher than ever charge-out rates. This was the finding of a survey of 483 US firms conducted by law firm management consultants Altman Weil. Average billable hours logged last year by partners rose to […]

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