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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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High street faces its Waterloo

If war breaks out between solicitors, estate agents and mortgage lenders, who will be left standing when the smoke clears? Fenella Quinn reports from the front line. Competition in the domestic conveyancing market has never been tougher, prompting an all-out war between solicitors, estate agents and mortgage lenders. Countrywide Conveyancing Direct (CCD) – formerly Hambro […]

Increase in divorce payout

Divorced farmer, Martin White has been allowed to challenge a Court of Appeal ruling on a High Court order that he pay his ex-wife u1.5m instead of u800,000. White and his wife Pamela are both farmers and farmed in equal shares when they married. After they divorced, Family Division judge Mr Justice Holman ordered White […]

Block contracts block justice

Lord Andrew Phillips tucks into his breakfast at the Waldorf Hotel. “It’s not access to justice, it’s exit from justice,” he says. It is 8am on a Tuesday morning and Lord Phillips has a busy day ahead of him. He is a practising solicitor who has to be at the Inland Revenue by 9am. In […]

Lord Irvine's climbdown

OVER the past two weeks, the Lord Chancellor has been forced to retreat on two major areas of reform. The first was the forced reduction of his powers, and the second was the removal of family law from no win-no fee agreements. As soon as Lord Irvine’s proposals for conditional fees in divorce cases were […]

Flotations & Financing

Pinsent Curtis acted for merchant bank Close Brothers in raising up to £30m for two business ventures under the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS). One, the Television Production Company, will produce programmes for worldwide distribution. The other, Traditional Free Houses, plans to acquire a portfolio of freehold pubs. The teams in both cases were led by […]

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