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Looking to the future with a new UK insolvency regime

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (the Act) promises to bring into effect a mixture of temporary measures to alleviate the problems created by the Covid-19 pandemic and some permanent reforms to the UK restructuring and insolvency regime.

Podcast series #2 – The build-to-rent sector post Covid-19

In this Podcast Shoosmiths real estate partner, Judy Fawcett, and Andrew Wells, Partner & Head of Leeds Office at Allsops, discuss which parts of the wider Residential Investment market are most active and so present the best opportunities post COVID-19. Click below to listen to the first in the series.

To the point: technology & digitalisation l June 2020

Hot water instead of toxic substances. Bags that can’t be stolen. Phosphorus that can be “recycled”. “Waste pieces” with a cult character. Beer with “rhythm & beat”. Austrian Patent Office President Mariana Karepova was delighted to announce the truly innovative ideas and solutions nominated for the Austrian “Staatspreis Patent”, a state prize awarded for trendsetting […]

Rise in venture capital-backed tech in response to pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has destabilised global markets. However, the crisis has encouraged swift adaptations in all walks of life and the development of innovative living and working patterns as a result of lockdowns around the world.

Will Covid-19 speed up green funds revolution?

If you were managing to ignore the increased importance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it will be hard to do so now. As succinctly put by the now infamous Greta Thunberg; “If the coronavirus crisis has shown us one thing, it is that our society is not sustainable”.


Montblanc case not unique

In your article “Trademark regulations strengthened” (The Lawyer, 10 January) Dawn Osborne is quoted as suggesting that new law was being made in the Montblanc case (“In other major passing off cases the products have all been on the market…But in this one we got an interim injunction before it ever got on to the […]

Overhaul planned to avoid Pach collapse

The Bar Council’s pupillage application scheme, which was facing ruin after leading commercial chambers threatened to pull out, has been granted a reprieve. A row erupted last year between Blackstone Chambers and 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square over the Pupillage Application Clearing House scheme (Pach). The argument was fuelled when several leading commercial sets voiced concerns […]


Norton Rose advised HSBC Investment Bank on a one for four rights issue by Minerva to raise £71m. The funds will allow Minerva to finance the proposed £101.4m purchase of The Criterion in London. The rights issue was fully underwritten by HSBC

Manches boosts media practice

A former partner at niche Australian media firm, Tress Cocks and Maddox, Harper more recently was a founding partner of specialist Australian corporate and commercial firm, Harper Watson. Before going into private practice, Harper held various positions within EMI in Australia, including an eight-year stint as head of business affairs. Some of the film projects […]

Battens claims first with private banking group

South west law firm Battens is launching its own private banking group in a move which it claims is a first for the legal profession. The six office, 22-partner firm will be able to offer its private clients specialist deposit and mortgage schemes, investment and fund management and personal tax advice as well as its […]

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