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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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Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 9/6/98

Graham Leslie Albert Wheelband, conveyancing clerk for Blakemores, Birmingham, banned from working for any solicitor without the written consent of the Law Society and ordered to pay costs of £900. Allegations substantiated that he acted when a conflict of interest occurred. In particular, he acted for himself as purchaser while at same time acting for […]

In brief: Barristers receive double-barrelled fee blast

Barristers came under renewed attack last week over the size of their fees. First it was revealed that the House of Lords had blocked the payment of fees to four QCs until an inquiry is held into the level of barristers’ fees in criminal legally-aided appeals. Then Mr Justice Lightman, in a speech to the […]

Sif must sort out premiums

Is conveyancing more risky than other fields of work? Or is there a risk in the way it is carried out by bucket-shop firms wedded to a deadly combination of low fixed fees and dependence on a supply of work from local agents? Whether or not the former is the case, premiums based on the […]

Making the most of a memory

Setting up a successful memorial fund can be fraught with problems if it is not scrupulously planned, warns Francesca Quint. Francesca Quint is a barrister 11 Old Square. She specialises in charity law. Memorials can take many forms: from a simple headstone to a park bench in the deceased’s favourite spot. But the essence of […]

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 […]

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