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The end of normal? Law firm survey 2020

Our 2020 law firm survey, developed in association with The Lawyer, reveals many law firms were ill-prepared for the seismic shock from the coronavirus outbreak. The crisis has cast an uncomfortable light on firms with poor financial management or without the necessary technology infrastructure. The pandemic already appears to be widening the gap between law firms, with some now under real pressure.

Covid-19 Update – Coronavirus, domestic abuse and legal action

The difficulties with court listings and the inability to hold hearings in a normal fashion has now been underway for 6 months. The recent guidance set out in ‘The Road Ahead’ shows there is no likelihood of that changing in the near future. This means there has had to be a reconsideration of what delays are acceptable and what reasons are sufficient to delay final decisions being made for children.

The rule of six: Legal obligations on food and drink businesses in England

Whilst we have very quickly become familiar with the “rule of six”, regulations come in to force today placing a further legal obligation on businesses in England that serve food for consumption on the premises to ensure that, save for in limited exceptions, bookings of more than six people are not accepted.

Landlord’s remedies and COVID-19 – has the pendulum swung too far?

As another week draws to a close, in a time when every day seems to bring unexpected – and often unwelcome – news, the landlord community is reeling – albeit perhaps largely in a somewhat unsurprised and resigned fashion. This is due to the latest announcements from the government affecting the commercial landlord and tenant relationship.



About an hour’s drive south of San Francisco lies Silicon Valley, probably the most influential suburb in the world. Powered by a bunch of law firms that many of you never will have heard of, it is fast becoming the legal centre of the universe. In the Valley, it is the lawyers who rule the […]

Warner Estates

Clifford Chance is in a prime position to pick up a string of deals from its relatively new client Warner Estate Holdings. The property company is shifting its focus from residential property to commercial and this £41m purchase from CGU and Commercial Union consolidates the move. It is also selling its £52m residential estate and […]

stolt offshore group

This is the third loan facility to companies within the Stolt Offshore Group to be led by Den Norske Bank in New York, and Stephenson Harwood has advised the syndicate of banks on all three. Sheila Obhrai, a senior assistant in the firm’s five-partner ship financing group, led all three deals – the others completed […]

Technology, Media and telecoms

Wafer Technology sold to IQE for £40m. Wafer Technology management team advised by Vizards Staples & Bannisters. Wafer Technology minority shareholder advised by Lawrence Graham. IQE advised by M&A Solicitors.


Finland-based Sanitec acquires Caradon Bathrooms, part of Caradon’s plumbing division, from HSBC Private Equity for £82m. Sanitec represented by Allen & Overy (Pervez Ahktar). HSBC Private Equity represented by Eversheds (Edward Pysden). Financial adviser Ernst & Young Corporate Finance.

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