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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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Square Mile

My firm has never been involved in merger talks, and therefore neither have I. But I have plenty of friends who have. Frankly, I feel sorry for them, and this is why. The fact is that the probability of a successful merger between substantial City firms, of comparable size and stature, is both small and […]

M&S caught without a licence

A TEST case battle by retail giant Marks and Spencer (M&S) to ward off claims for payment in respect of distribution of newspaper extracts supplied to them by a cuttings agency has failed. In a legal action which will have major implications in copyright circles, the High Court has ruled that M&S should pay a […]

In brief: Herbert Smith

Herbert Smith has been appointed to advise leading UK property investor Hammerson in a £800m deal to build a Birmingham shopping mall. Hammerson formed an alliance with Henderson Investors, advised by Nicholson Graham & Jones, and Land Securities, advised by Nabarro Nathanson to fund the deal. Birmingham’s Bull Ring will be pulled down and a […]

Flotations & Financing

Barbara Stephenson of Norton Rose is advising Dagenham Motors on the £28.9m recommended cash offer made by Goldman Sachs on behalf of Polar Motor Investments, advised by Raymond Cohen at Linklaters.

In brief: A revolutionary pilot scheme

A revolutionary pilot scheme to allow lawyers to perform conveyancing searches online – in a fraction of the usual time – is set to go nationwide within a year after landing a £4m government grant. National Land Information Service chief Peter Sizer says some of the money will be used to develop the National Land […]

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