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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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Patients have a right to decide

Roger Pearson looks the increased rights of the patient to refuse life-saving treatment in light of the “S’ Caesarean section appeal A recent Court of Appeal decision is the latest in an increasing line of actions involving the rights of patients to dictate the way in which they are treated. The case surrounds the challenge […]

Dispute over use of flats

Alleged breaches of planning consent in relation to occupancy of two leasehold flats in Chelsea is to go to the House of Lords. Kensington and Chelsea Council claim that Lawrie Plantation Services has allowed employees to use the flats for short-stay visits to London and in doing so has breached conditions prohibiting use of the […]

Japanese accolade

Trainee solicitor Jason Daniel of Simmons & Simmons was one of 50 guests with connections with Japan who met the Emperor and Empress of Japan with Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street on 28 May. Daniel was recently awarded first prize in the 1998 Sir Peter Parker Awards for spoken business Japanese.

Couderts hires Holman Fenwick litigator

COUDERT BROTHERS has taken litigation partner Bridget Wheeler from Holman Fenwick & Willan and so ended a six-month search for a head of litigation for its London office. Couderts’ London managing partner Philip Burroughs said that Wheeler’s appointment “was just the start of us developing a significant litigation capability”. Until now, the firm had only […]

Great Scott? Not quite, but showing promise

Veronica Cowan on the Bar Council lay complaints commissioner’s first year in office. Veronica Cowan is a barrister and freelance journalist. The public might perceive Michael Scott CB, CBE, DSO as typical of an appointment by the Bar Council. The Bar’s lay complaints commissioner is the public school-educated son of a colonel. He boasts manners […]

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