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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.


Watson Farley taps BLP for asset finance duo

Watson Farley & Williams has hired two asset finance lawyers from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) in a bid to boost its core practice. Nicola Davies, who has been a partner at BLP since 1987 and has experience advising on shipping, aviation, energy, project finance and cross-border leasing transactions, and Samantha Yardley, an associate director at […]

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US quartet brought on board as investors target Alibaba Group

US firms Debevoise & Plimpton, Goodwin Procter, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett have been engaged to advise on a $1.6bn (£1.04bn) investment in Chinese ecommerce company Alibaba Group. A group of investors led by US private equity firm Silver Lake Partners and Russian venture firm DST Global has agreed […]


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 […]

Pinsents adds BLP partner to banking team

Pinsent Masons has given its banking and restructuring team a boost with a partner from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP). Vanessa Heap, who made partner in BLP’s banking and capital markets team in 2010, will join Pinsent Masons’ banking and restructuring team. Heap specialises in acquisition finance and general corporate lending on both bilateral and syndicated […]


Norton Rose puts partner performance at centre of lockstep review

Norton Rose has revamped its lockstep to put an increased emphasis on individual partner performance. The changes will come into effect at the start of the next financial year. Under the new system, performance will be assessed against equity partners’ plans for their practice at the end of each year. Pay will be decided by […]

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