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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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Tutors lack experience, study finds

ONLY half of the law tutors currently teaching in the UK have two or more years’ practical experience in the legal profession, and a vast number of those in the old universities also lack a teaching qualification, a study reveals. Produced by Anglia Polytechnic University, the report, ‘Today’s law teachers: lawyers or academics?’ says only […]

Quill signs up firms

* Quill Computers has signed up four law firms for its accounting and time recording program. Kendall firm Powell & Sykes will be running the Laudit system on a single terminal; Hexham-based Nicholson Wood & Gregg is running this and a Quill database on its network; Coopers, a three-partner practice in Newcastle-under-Lyme, has bought the […]

Working party set up to identify electronic issues

Fennell Betson reports The Society for Computers & Law is examining the future of electronic communications in the profession. A working party, chaired by James Behrens of 13 Old Square, is to report on the findings in June. A questionnaire on the extent and type of communication currently in use in the legal world is […]

Spotlight on courts

The new Courts Services agency and its first head Michael Huebner, according to the agency’s corporate plan, face the twin challenges of improving quality of service while closing the gap between civil business income and expenditure. But the programme for the agency is the standard government model of more efficiency through more cuts. Huebner says […]

Somerset fights retrospective dismissal claim

Tim Miller reports Lawyers from Somerset Council will this month defend an unfair dismissal claim at the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) which is seen as a test-case for local authorities. Mary Biggs, who was sacked from her part-time job as a teacher 17 years ago, is seeking to challenge the UK’s three-month time limit on […]

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