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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.


Berrymans leaves Hall Clark in tatters

City firm Berrymans Lace Mawer has taken on the senior partner and three others from London-based Hall Clark – leaving the smaller firm facing closure and 11 lawyers out of work. Beryl Whight joins Berrymans, which also has offices in Liverpool and Manchester, as a consultant. She is accompanied by partner Andrew Pieri and two […]

Next week's news

Britain’s longest legal hearing, the Terminal 5 inquiry, is due to wind up after more than 504 days of evidence and arguments. Anyone who has been stuck at Heathrow waiting for a plane will have immediate sympathy for the lawyers who have been stuck there for nearly four years.

Hart tells City firms:'do more for charity'

CITY lawyers should spend their professional twilight years working in the public interest, rather than earn ing even more money, says the Lord Chancellor’s special adviser. Garry Hart, former senior partner at City firm Herbert Smith, took an 80 per cent pay cut to become Lord Irvine’s special adviser. His salary dropped from about £350,000 […]

In brief: The Environmental Law Foundation

The Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) has been awarded £140,000 of National Lottery funding over the next three years. The charity runs a referral service to provide access to legal expertise.

Crime practices in eleventh-hour franchise race

TWO OF the highest-profile firms dealing in white collar crime are racing to put in applications for legal aid franchises. Without the franchises, law firms will not be allowed to bid for legal aid work under exclusive contracting to be introduced in 2000. The London offices of Burton Copeland and Kingsley Napley have yet to […]

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