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3 lessons law firms can learn from lockdown

By Shaz Aziz, Director of Client Solutions and Engagement, Neota Logic The pubs are open. The hairdressers are back. The country is starting to move again. As we begin to re-emerge, blinking, into the world, it’s inevitable that we will fall back into some old patterns. Companies are no different. It would be easy for […]

Looking to the future with a new UK insolvency regime

The Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (the Act) promises to bring into effect a mixture of temporary measures to alleviate the problems created by the Covid-19 pandemic and some permanent reforms to the UK restructuring and insolvency regime.

Podcast series #2 – The build-to-rent sector post Covid-19

In this Podcast Shoosmiths real estate partner, Judy Fawcett, and Andrew Wells, Partner & Head of Leeds Office at Allsops, discuss which parts of the wider Residential Investment market are most active and so present the best opportunities post COVID-19. Click below to listen to the first in the series.

To the point: technology & digitalisation l June 2020

Hot water instead of toxic substances. Bags that can’t be stolen. Phosphorus that can be “recycled”. “Waste pieces” with a cult character. Beer with “rhythm & beat”. Austrian Patent Office President Mariana Karepova was delighted to announce the truly innovative ideas and solutions nominated for the Austrian “Staatspreis Patent”, a state prize awarded for trendsetting […]

Rise in venture capital-backed tech in response to pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has destabilised global markets. However, the crisis has encouraged swift adaptations in all walks of life and the development of innovative living and working patterns as a result of lockdowns around the world.


European Court. Court in a political conundrum

The recent decision by the High Court in the Perkins case on homosexuals in the armed forces (13 March) provoked some indignant responses. Why should the European Court of Justice rule on such a case and what has this to do with the free movement of goods, services, labour and capital? The European Court of […]

Cases pending in the QBD

Cases now pending in the Queens Bench Division jury list include: Gladding v Channel 4 TV Corporation & anor (not before 4 July); Howell v Birmingham Post and Mail & anor (not before 4 July); McPhelemy v Times Newspapers (not before 7 July); Royal Bank of Scotland v Amin & anor (not before 21 July); […]


Boodle Hatfield acted for ELP Properties on its £62m purchase of 40 mainly office and retail properties from General Accident. Rowe & Maw advised General Accident. Six other English law firms were involved.

LeBoeufs' global market presence attracts Goddards' corporate and securities partner

Theodore Goddard corporate and securities law partner Charles Ashton has moved to the London office of the US firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae. Ashton, who had been working at Theodore Goddard for 11 years, is one of the latest of a string of UK lawyers to be headhunted by US practices in London. LeBouefs […]

Booth to act in EOC case

Cherie Booth QC will this week argue before the European Court of Justice that a lesbian rail employee was discriminated against when her partner was refused a concessionary travel pass. Booth, instructed by Sheridans, will argue that South West trains breached EU law in refusing employee Lisa Grant the pass. If she had been living […]

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