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Looking to the future with a new UK insolvency regime

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (the Act) promises to bring into effect a mixture of temporary measures to alleviate the problems created by the Covid-19 pandemic and some permanent reforms to the UK restructuring and insolvency regime.

Podcast series #2 – The build-to-rent sector post Covid-19

In this Podcast Shoosmiths real estate partner, Judy Fawcett, and Andrew Wells, Partner & Head of Leeds Office at Allsops, discuss which parts of the wider Residential Investment market are most active and so present the best opportunities post COVID-19. Click below to listen to the first in the series.

To the point: technology & digitalisation l June 2020

Hot water instead of toxic substances. Bags that can’t be stolen. Phosphorus that can be “recycled”. “Waste pieces” with a cult character. Beer with “rhythm & beat”. Austrian Patent Office President Mariana Karepova was delighted to announce the truly innovative ideas and solutions nominated for the Austrian “Staatspreis Patent”, a state prize awarded for trendsetting […]

Rise in venture capital-backed tech in response to pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has destabilised global markets. However, the crisis has encouraged swift adaptations in all walks of life and the development of innovative living and working patterns as a result of lockdowns around the world.

Will Covid-19 speed up green funds revolution?

If you were managing to ignore the increased importance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it will be hard to do so now. As succinctly put by the now infamous Greta Thunberg; “If the coronavirus crisis has shown us one thing, it is that our society is not sustainable”.


In brief: Liberty champions Balfour appeal

Civil rights group Liberty takes the case of Andrew Balfour to tribunal this week arguing that he was unfairly dismissed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Central to the case is the debate over Public Interest Immunity Certificates which were signed by the Foreign Secretary and Home Secretary to prevent the disclosure of a number […]

Freeman forced to submit outstanding taxation bill

INSOLVENT solicitor Michael Freeman still faces taxation for work totalling over u1 million after an appeal against the order was dismissed by a judge. Freeman, latterly of Michael Freeman & Co, is subject to a Taxing Master’s order for a final bill. He has three months to produce bills for work he did for the […]

Magisterial Officers vote to join TUC

THE ASSOCIATION of Magisterial Officers has voted overwhelmingly in favour of affiliation to the Trades Union Congress in a climate of concern over major changes to the courts system. Rosie Eagleson, the 5,000-member association’s general secretary, says the landslide vote to join the TUC is an “indication of the changing times in the courts services”. […]

Slaughters shuts Frankfurt base

CITY firm Slaughter and May is to close its Frankfurt office three years after it opened in the city. The two resident lawyers, partner Graham Childs and assistant lawyer Peter Carstensen, are returning to London in April when the office shuts. Partner Charles Randell, who originally opened the office, says the firm concluded “if you […]

In brief: Calows partner jailed for false accounting

A former partner of London law firm Calow Easton has been jailed for a year. Simon Easton was convicted of three charges of false accounting at Southwark Crown Court. Judge Robin Laurie said that Easton senselessly threw away an “enormously successful” career to help a greedy client pay a divorce bill. The Solicitors Complaints Bureau […]

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