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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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C&I Group rolls out junior in-house mentoring plan

Hourly rates were at the top of the agenda of the first meeting of core members of the Commerce & Industry (C&I) Group, the Law Society-recognised body of in-house lawyers, who met on 20 February to discuss best practice and firms’ fee arrangements. “There’s a disconnect between value added and prices charged, and that disconnect […]

Property boon for Beachcroft as John Lewis announces panel

Beachcroft could be the big winner in retailer John Lewis’s panel shake-up after winning a spot on the panel for the first time. Beachcroft was appointed to advise on property issues as the company prepares to launch an aggressive expansion programme that will see it increase significantly its 26 department stores and 184 Waitrose supermarkets. […]

JPMorgan guns for Lovells in High Court

JPMorgan Chase is suing Lovells for negligence for an undisclosed amount in the High Court. It is thought that JPMorgan’s claim would be at least £2.5m, according to City lawyers familiar with Lovells’ partner liabilities. A Lovells spokesman confirmed the action, but said: “We have no comment to make other than that we shall shortly […]

AstraZeneca ramps up for M&A upsurge

Pharmaceuticals leader AstraZeneca is to ramp up its in-house transactional capability in preparation for a sharp increase in M&A work. AstraZeneca company secretary and solicitor Graeme Musker plans to bulk up his 25-strong UK legal team to cope with the demand for acquisition and licensing advice. The company wants to boost its drug pipeline by […]

ABN Amro ditches e-billing plan

ABN Amro has ditched any immediate plans to introduce e-billing following a review of the cost to benefit ratio. As first reported by The Lawyer (25 September 2006), Dutch bank ABN has been investigating alternatives to traditional billing methods in a bid to make savings on the cost of external legal advice. ABN group deputy […]

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