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Looking to the future with a new UK insolvency regime

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (the Act) promises to bring into effect a mixture of temporary measures to alleviate the problems created by the Covid-19 pandemic and some permanent reforms to the UK restructuring and insolvency regime.

Podcast series #2 – The build-to-rent sector post Covid-19

In this Podcast Shoosmiths real estate partner, Judy Fawcett, and Andrew Wells, Partner & Head of Leeds Office at Allsops, discuss which parts of the wider Residential Investment market are most active and so present the best opportunities post COVID-19. Click below to listen to the first in the series.

To the point: technology & digitalisation l June 2020

Hot water instead of toxic substances. Bags that can’t be stolen. Phosphorus that can be “recycled”. “Waste pieces” with a cult character. Beer with “rhythm & beat”. Austrian Patent Office President Mariana Karepova was delighted to announce the truly innovative ideas and solutions nominated for the Austrian “Staatspreis Patent”, a state prize awarded for trendsetting […]

Rise in venture capital-backed tech in response to pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has destabilised global markets. However, the crisis has encouraged swift adaptations in all walks of life and the development of innovative living and working patterns as a result of lockdowns around the world.

Will Covid-19 speed up green funds revolution?

If you were managing to ignore the increased importance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it will be hard to do so now. As succinctly put by the now infamous Greta Thunberg; “If the coronavirus crisis has shown us one thing, it is that our society is not sustainable”.


A misplaced judgement

RE: Judge Attacks Barristers Without Law Degrees (The Lawyer, 9 June 1998). Mr Justice Lightman’s attack on barristers without law degrees (and by implication, solicitors) is as surprising as it is ill-considered. I can only guess at the reaction to his comments within the Patent Bar, whose members appear in front of him on an […]

Irish lawyers get tough on money laundering

Ireland’s law against money laundering is to be extended to solicitors, who will now be legally obliged to report suspicious financial transactions to the Garda. The three-year-old legislation, which was introduced as part of a crackdown on criminal gangs in the aftermath of the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin, already imposes a reporting requirement on […]

Ferry insurance qualification

The rights of insurers to side-step claims tot-alling US$1.8m, in respect of operational damage after a main bearing failed on a car ferry, will be scrutinised in the High Court. In a case which will centre on the definition of an “accident” under marine insurance policy terms, the Black Sea and Baltic General Insurance Co […]

A&O scoops award

Allen & Overy has been voted the world’s best project finance law firm by the readers of Project Finance magazine. Deals that clinched the accolade for the firm include advising on the largest and longest domestic syndicated loan in Hungary to equip the Matra power plant.

Ashursts forges Italian alliance

Ashurst Morris Crisp has moved into Italy by forming an alliance designed to lead to merger in two years with the former Milan practice of US firm Graham & James. Negri-Clementi, a seven-partner Milan-based firm, with satellite offices in Rome and Verona, demerged from Graham & James at the beginning of this year so that […]

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