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Winding up petitions: High Court guidance

Regulations laid before Parliament yesterday seek to extend the current restrictions on the presentation of winding up petitions to 31 December 2020. However, there will inevitably come a time when these temporary restrictions are lifted.

Covid-19 guidance for courts in Northern Ireland – Civil Actions

On 23 September, the Lord Chief Justice’s Office issued Covid-19 Guidance for Civil Actions which applies to all civil actions in the High Court and County Court from 1 October 2020. This Guidance is an attempt by the Office of the Lord Chief Justice to have the civil courts undertake as much business as possible during the pandemic.

Running a charity at a time of crisis: reputation management tips for the third sector

Charities are undoubtedly invaluable to society, but regardless of their admirable aims, they are not immune to experiencing a crisis. This fact has come sharply into view amid the coronavirus pandemic, with charities currently experiencing , caused primarily by a drop in donations. This financial hit has left charities especially vulnerable, leaving the door open for mistakes and wrong decisions to be made. But there are steps you can take before and during a crisis to shield against reputational fallout


City’s top firms mop up the banking mess

When it comes to the UK’s banking crisis, if you are not part of the City’s elite it is unlikely that you will win a key role. Slaughter and May has long established itself as the Government’s adviser of choice – if there is even a sniff of a banking problem, the Treasury will be […]

Cadwalader wins role on $68bn Pfizer mega-merger

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has scored a lead role on US drug manufacturer Pfizer’s $68bn (£49.8bn) acquisition of rival Wyeth, the biggest M&A deal in the world for months. Corporate partner Dennis Block is taking the lead for longstanding client Pfizer. The acquisition is the latest in a string of deals Block has handled for […]

Herbert Smith lands Nortel job

Herbert Smith is advising Ernst & Young on the ­administration of the European businesses of Canadian ­telephone manufacturer Nortel Networks. The Herbert Smith team is being led by ­restructuring ­partner Stephen Gale and ­Laurence Elliott and includes corporate partners Gavin Davies and Alan ­Montgomery, pensions partner Roderick Morton and ­employment ­partner Andrew Taggart. In the […]

Greenberg rejigs management team

Greenberg Traurig chief executive office, Cesar Alvarez, has been appointed firm wide executive chairman. Greenberg Traurig chief executive officer Cesar Alvarez has been appointed firm-wide executive chairman. Alvarez, who takes up his new role in January 2010, will work alongside firm chairman Larry Hoffman and president Matthew Gorson on helping focus Greenberg’s international growth prospects. […]

Freshfields, Links team up on Xstrata rights issue

Mining group Xstrata is set to launch a £4.1bn rights issue, leading to mandates for magic circle rivals Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters. Freshfields has emerged as the main corporate adviser to Xtrata, having worked on its hostile bid for Falconbridge in 2006. Corporate partner Julian Makin worked on that deal and has also been […]

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