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Covid-19 guidance for courts in Northern Ireland – Civil Actions

On 23 September, the Lord Chief Justice’s Office issued Covid-19 Guidance for Civil Actions which applies to all civil actions in the High Court and County Court from 1 October 2020. This Guidance is an attempt by the Office of the Lord Chief Justice to have the civil courts undertake as much business as possible during the pandemic.

Running a charity at a time of crisis: reputation management tips for the third sector

Charities are undoubtedly invaluable to society, but regardless of their admirable aims, they are not immune to experiencing a crisis. This fact has come sharply into view amid the coronavirus pandemic, with charities currently experiencing , caused primarily by a drop in donations. This financial hit has left charities especially vulnerable, leaving the door open for mistakes and wrong decisions to be made. But there are steps you can take before and during a crisis to shield against reputational fallout

Prepare to have right on your side when making efficiency savings

As the UK officially enters recession, we are seeing perhaps the toughest landscape in the corporate world for over a decade. With so many decisions to be made to protect the buoyancy of their business, especially as government support schemes gradually come to an end, many employers are finding themselves in a difficult place. On the one hand, they want to value and protect the staff who have succeeded over the past few challenging months but, at the same time, many are finding redundancies in certain business areas inevitable. So how do they navigate this territory and ensure they keep the business going while doing the right thing?

Webinar: Employee Ownership Trusts: Efficient exits on an owner’s terms

Selling a business is perhaps the most critical moment in an owner’s life with their company. The process of finding a buyer and agreeing a price can be drawn out, stressful – and with forthcoming changes to Capital Gains Tax (CGT) – may involve writing a substantial cheque to HMRC. For many owners, there may be another way, by utilising a HMRC-approved Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) to sell their business.


Richards Butler's Chinese walls are safe

Three conflict of interest cases against Richards Butler, considered to be as important as the infamous Price Jefri Chinese walls litigation, have been thrown out of court The three central claims against Richards Butler have been thrown out by the Court of Appeal, which ruled that the firm’s Chinese walls are sufficiently strong to prevent […]

Norton Rose completes rejig of management

Norton Rose has finalised its management team and appointed corporate finance partner James Bateson and litigation partner Patrick Farrell to fill the two remaining posts The appointments are very much in line with the firm’s strategy to modernise its management structure by including a number of younger partners.Chief executive officer (CEO) Peter Martyr said: “Patrick […]

P&I club makes lawyer 'correspondent'

An English-qualified lawyer has been appointed as a front line problem solver by a protection and indemnity (P&I) club which mutually insures shipowners in Vancouver, one of the busiest ports in the world It is highly unusual for a P&I club to hire a lawyer as a so-called ‘correspondent’. Correspondents are based in large ports […]


Clinical negligence firm Parlett Kent has flexed its way to success

Finers blames 25 per cent profit slump on 'optimistic' accountancy

Finers Stephens Innocent is blaming accounting irregularities for its financial results this year, which have seen profits per partner slashed by 25 per cent In 2001, the firm reported its average profits per partner as £220,000; this year they were down to £176,000. However, the firm has now admitted that its estimates of the average […]

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