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What does the Budget 2021 mean for residential property?

As anticipated, the Chancellor in his 2021 Budget has extended the current Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday and has also introduced additional measures in the hope of boosting the property market. Our Residential Property team provide an overview.

How voice-based document production helps your firm win more business

Throughout the lifecycle management of a client, a great deal of correspondence and documentation is produced. This briefing explains how a speech-to-text document production process can transform client responsiveness and help the firm win more business.

The advantages of Freeports examined following Budget 2021

Businesses operating Freeports will benefit from more generous tax reliefs, customs benefits and wider government support, bringing investment, trade and jobs, but what exactly are the advantages businesses can expect to gain from operating in a Freeport?

Budget 2021: The employment implications

Rishi Sunak has announced the much-awaited budget for 2021 hailing protection for the “jobs and livelihoods of the British people”. Outlined below are the key elements impacting employers and their wider workforce.


Norton Rose’s silent partner

Norton Rose’s silent partner” />Where has Norton Rose Dubai managing partner Graeme Muir gone? His direct dial published on the firm’s website has been disconnected and his secretary can’t find him. Even his colleagues are coy when quizzed on his current whereabouts and his counterparts haven’t seen him. It seems he’s spending more time negotiating […]

Simmons enlisted in push for pan-Ireland electricity market

Simmons & Simmons has landed an instruction as lead adviser on a groundbreaking project to create a pan-Ireland electricity market. Simmons beat off several rivals to become the go-to firm for Northern Ireland’s Department for Enterprise, Trade and Industry (DETI) in its efforts to create a single wholesale electricity market between Northern Ireland and the […]

Freeth Cartwright grows Manchester base

Midlands-based Freeth Cartwright has revealed an ambitious growth plan for the firm’s Manchester office. The firm has moved into new city centre offices twice the size of its previous base and aims to increase lawyer numbers from the present three to 15 within 12 months. Chairman Colin Flanagan said: “The potential for growth in Manchester […]

WFW eyes Norton Rose’s Greek crown

As reported on page three, Watson Farley & Williams‘ (WFW) Greek operation has bagged itself three corporate lawyers from Athens firm IKRP Rokas & Partners, including one partner. Although still far short of the current UK reign of Norton Rose‘s Greece office, which has four partners, 29 assistants and two trainees stationed in offices in […]

A&O Italy banking team caught cold by winters of discontent

February is the cruellest month as far as Allen & Overy’s (A&O) Italian arm is concerned. Last month saw the firm lose banking and finance head Giancarlo Castorino and partner Davide Mencacci. In February last year projects head Franco Vigliano and banking stars Andrea Arosio and Dario Longo quit the firm. The series of departures […]

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