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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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Survey reveals threat to mid-sized sets

Medium-sized barristers’ chambers are being squeezed out of the profession, according to the most comprehensive survey ever of the Bar. Chambers with between 11 and 30 members are the most vulnerable with more sets in this category losing members than gaining them. Over 50 per cent of barristers switching sets moved to larger sets with […]

In brief: The Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB)

The Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) has appointed a new chief executive, but has yet to find a legal director. Lindsay Montgomery is to fill the post vacated by Richard Scott in January. But the position of director of legal services has remained vacant since January, when Elisabeth Watson left to take up a post […]

Square Mile

It was recently reported in The Lawyer (26 April) that the commercial bar is in a state of crisis as its work is drying up. That is, of course, partly due to streamlining effected by the civil procedure reforms, but also partly a consequence of solicitors realising they are as capable as barristers of performing […]

Breakthrough in asbestos test case

A specialist personal injury law firm is claiming a major breakthrough in claims for asbestos-related diseases. John Pickering & Partners, which has offices in Manchester, Oldham, Liverpool and Halifax, believes it has pioneered a new class of action regarding asbestos-related diseases. The firm’s claim comes in the wake of a ground-breaking settlement for u110,000 of […]

Government to name and shame

The Government says it will name and shame those found responsible for delays in the criminal justice system. Home Secretary Jack Straw, Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine and Attorney General John Morris QC formed a united front in presenting targets for speeding up the court process and reducing crime. They presented what is described as the […]

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