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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.



Freshfields’ Akhtar named Mena head a year after defecting from A&O

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed Pervez Akhtar as regional managing partner for the Middle East and North Africa (Mena), less than a year after hiring him from Allen & Overy (A&O). Akhtar, who joined Freshfields in December (17 December 2010), will also continue to hold the position of corporate head for the region. He replaces […]


BLP nabs Ashurst construction boss

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has hired Ashurst’s non-contentious construction head to lead its ­engineering, construction and procurement group. It has not yet been decided when Marc Hanson will join BLP, but a period of ­gardening leave is said to be unlikely. Hanson joined Ashurst in 2006 from CMS Cameron McKenna, where he also led the non-contentious construction group. Hanson […]


Opinion: Unfair dismissal claims

Three million people will lose the right to claim unfair dismissal if the government goes ahead with plans to double the qualifying period from one year to two.  George Osborne claims this will give employers an increased confidence to take people on “without immediately facing the prospect of tribunal hearings” [sic]and therefore help reduce unemployment.  But […]

Saying bye-bye to BLP

Call it coincidence. Call it an autumnal career itch. Or just call it another BLP finance departure. Today’s news that Watson Farley & Williams has hired two senior BLP finance lawyers comes hard on the heels of Vanessa Heap’s move to Pinsent Masons and Simmons & Simmons’ hire of five finance partners back in May. […]

Simmons & Simmoffs

Simmons & Simmons is getting a bit careless with its partners – the firm has lost five of the blighters since August. Paris corporate partner Marc Fredj is the latest to go, turning up at Reed Smith (see story) and dashing leaky Simmons’ hopes that he might have just fallen down the back of the […]

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