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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.


Exchange dumps Olpas recruitment method

North West set Exchange Chambers is ditching traditional methods of choosing pupils in favour of designing its own recruitment programme. Next year the set will withdraw from the Bar Council’s online application system Olpas, instead offering an application process specifically structured for Exchange. The set has turned to Manchester recruiters Ashley Hoyle to whittle down […]

EAT finds Herbies guilty of sex discrimination

Herbert Smith has lost an appeal against an employment tribunal ruling which found it had discriminated against a part-time manager at the firm. The Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) this morning (Monday 24 October) upheld claims of unfair dismissal, contravention of part-time workers regulations, victimisation and sex discrimination against the manager, Michelle Langton. Supported by the […]

Bingham re-elects Zimmerman as chairman

Bingham McCutchen has re-elected Jay Zimmerman as its chairman. The partnership selected Zimmerman to serve his fourth term and also re-elected San Francisco partner Donn Pickett as vice-chairman. Under Zimmerman’s leadership, Bingham McCutchen has grown from a regional law firm based in Boston to a national firm specialising in corporate, finance and litigation. First revealed […]

IFPI wins back legal star from BPI

Leading music industry lawyer Geoff Taylor is to rejoin IFPI as general counsel and executive vice-president little more than 12 months after leaving for the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). Taylor had been general counsel at the BPI since June 2004. His departure has paved the way for Roz Groome to take the general counsel role, […]

The commercialisation of the bar

Times are changing at the bar as it catches up with a more commercial and more varied market. But who has actually benefited? Marcus Rutherford reports

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