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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.


Ashurst turns to Norton Rose for Munich hire

Ashurst has hired a corporate partner from Norton Rose in Munich. Lars Jessen, a private equity and M&A specialist, will join Ashurst’s Munich office on 1 October. Jessen has a particular focus on advising investors, creditors and corporates on restructurings. In a statement, Ashurst’s Germany managing partner Peter Junghänel said: “His appointment is a another […]


Fixed legal fees- can they change the face of the legal profession?

The system of hourly billing by lawyers has come under scrutiny for some time, and whilst this might not be a new phenomenon, the increased move towards fixed fees and what this might mean for the sector, certainly is.  Although few clients and firms are openly admitting that fixed fees are on the increase, there […]

Bristows partner wins iPad2 after completing partnership survey

A Bristows IP specialist has won an iPad2 after taking part in The Lawyer’s first-ever online partnership survey. IP partner Matthew Warren’s responses were randomly selected from almost 700 entries. The Lawyer used a random number generator to pick the winner last Friday. “You’ve brightened up my afternoon,” said Warren when contacted last week. The […]

Belinda Bradbury

On call: Belinda Bradberry, Cable & Wireless Communications

Telecoms is no industry for the faint-hearted lawyer. James Swift catches up with Cable & Wireless Communications head of legal Belinda Bradberry  Surely few industries can offer a lawyer the kinds of challenges that telecoms can? Rapidly evolving technology, fierce competition, ­frequent regulatory overhauls – the sector throws up a veritable thicket of legal issues and there is little forgiveness […]


Chiswell Street Dining Rooms

I hadn’t slept for two nights before walking from Liverpool St Station in the warm late September night to eat at the Chiswell Street Dining Rooms. Cuisine: Classic BritishBest for: Dinner after a nightmare day, good food with colleagues, a reliable place to take someone fussy, after-work drinksWorst for: A cheap, quick bite to eatRating: […]

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