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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.


The Lawyer Inquiry: Gary Summers

Gary Summers was born in Plymouth in 1958. He recently left 3 Gray’s Inn Square to join Magrath & Co as head of its criminal department. What was your first job? Assistant storeboy at Travellers Fare Catering Stores in Plymouth Station. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £4,500. What would you have […]

A legal duty to explain

Lucian Pollington says BT shareholders have little choice on the MCI acquisition. Lucian Pollington is a lawyer at Simmons & Simmons. At the trial of a dentist for negligence, the presiding judge remarked that “there can be no doubt that… he was a disgrace to his profession. Conduct of this kind seriously undermines the confidence […]

Trustham cleared of drug money charges

Jack Trustham, the former senior partner of West End firm Wigram & Co, who in August last year was arrested on the Isle of Man on drug money laundering charges and flown in handcuffs to London, was last week cleared of all charges at Southwark Crown Court. Customs officers had released Trustham on bail the […]

Canada fears MDP threat

The new president of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), Andre Gervais, has highlighted the increasing threat his 34,000 members are facing from the creeping presence of big-six accountants in the Canadian legal market. Gervais, who made his inaugural speech at last week’s CBA annual conference, said there was a “growing concern among Canadian lawyers about […]

In brief: Donns opens medical negligence unit

Manchester personal injury firm Donns has launched a medical negligence department. Solicitor Alexandra Hill (pictured with Donns senior partner Raymond Donn) joined Donns last week as an associate partner and is to head the firm’s new department. She joins from Cottrill Stone Lawless, also in Manchester, where she was the sole solicitor in the medical […]

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