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No money-back guarantee – When severance agreements go wrong

By Louise Hall. Sarah Ash, Victoria Pratt, Daniel Read, Niall MacDonald A case in the US courts involving the former CEO of McDonald’s may appear to have very little to offer in the way of lessons for regulated financial services businesses in the Channel Islands. But the case against Steve Easterbrook currently in the Delaware […]

EU recognition of Cayman Islands tax cooperation and removal from Annex I list

By Lucy Frew, Ingrid Pierce, Tim Buckley, Lucy Frew, Anne Dolan The European Union (“EU”) has announced that the Cayman Islands has been removed from Annex I of the EU’s list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes (“Annex I”) following a meeting of the EU’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council (“ECOFIN“). The Cayman Islands’ continued […]

Data analysis: How Covid-19 has affected professional services content

By Samuel Page In the last two months, there has been a huge increase in demand for digital content from Professional Services clients. The pressing need for information and advice from professionals has driven the highest traffic, page views and time-spent ever seen across the Passle network. I’m not in the business of saying that […]

New law to scrutinise pre-pack sales in administration

By Andrew Taylor On 8 October 2020, the Government announced new laws for independent scrutiny of pre-pack administration sales where connected parties, such as previous directors, shareholders or associates are involved in the purchase. What is a pre-pack sale? A pre-pack administration sale is a procedure where an insolvent business reaches an agreement to sell […]

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Prole control

The head of Morton Fraser’s new London office Christian Hook had a rude reintroduction to City life last week. Hook, formerly of Trowers & Hamlins, was on his way to meet one of Tulkinghorn’s scribes when he was approached by one of the lower orders who offered him a gold ringon the slightly spurious grounds […]

Burger and quips

The quote of the week – nay, the year – comes courtesy of Nils Breidenstein, BEA Systems’ general counsel for Europe, the Middles East and Africa, who popped along recently to a meeting of the Law Society’s commerce and industry group debate on the way lawyers charge their clients. “The only people on hourly rates […]

Halliwells joins Eversheds, Addleshaws on AA roster

Eversheds, Addleshaws on AA roster” />Halliwells has snared a role on the Automobile Association’s (AA) legal panel alongside Addleshaw Goddard and Eversheds. While the AA currently operates a number of other firms dealing with consumer queries such as insurance claims, this is the first time that the AA has established a formal panel of law […]

Merged duo target City white-collar crime cases

South East firms Robert Blackford & Co and Francis Lovett are merging with the aim of becoming the number one referral white-collar crime firm for the City. Croydon-based Robert Blackford specialises in criminal defence and family law. Crime firm Francis Lovett is based in Woking, Surrey, and specialises in fraud and e-crime. Francis Lovett managing […]

Jenkens fire sale prompts merger discussions

The dissolution of Jenkens & Gilchrist’s satellite offices was decided as early as last summer, it has emerged. Dallas-headquartered Jenkens has also confirmed that it is in emergency talks with Virginia firm Hunton & Williams, among others, about taking on a number of Dallas-based lawyers, where Jenkens currently has 124 fee-earners. One departing partner told […]

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