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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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AMO claims 2.4 per cent offer derisory

THE likelihood of industr ial action in magistrates courts has increased following what unions have branded a derisory and divisive pay offer. The Association of Magisterial Officers (AMO), the trade union for court staff, says it will consult its 6,000 members over the 2.4 per cent pay offer. According to AMO, it is the lowest […]

Small firms find clear route to convergence

Life in the world of business law firms is like a three-lane motorway. In the fast lane you have the five UK juggernauts, in the slow lane you find small, specialist practices, and in the overcrowded middle lane there is a blood-bath in the making. A number of IT law firms have been launched in […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Firm

I know what you are thinking. We have the Hull office and a representative office in Palermo. So why expand into Europe? A few years ago I would have agreed, but times change. As Henderson says, a European base meets client demands for quality in depth. But more importantly, everyone else is opening up in […]

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