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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.

Will Covid-19 speed up green funds revolution?

If you were managing to ignore the increased importance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it will be hard to do so now. As succinctly put by the now infamous Greta Thunberg; “If the coronavirus crisis has shown us one thing, it is that our society is not sustainable”.

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Freshfields chases Bloxham for £100k costs

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is pursuing its former insolvency partner Peter Bloxham for £100,000 costs following his failed age discrimination claim. An application for costs has been filed just before the 28-day deadline after the judgment was passed down. Bloxham’s solicitors Dawsons stated today: “Peter Bloxham will be vigorously defending the wholly misconceived application for a […]

S&C promotes third UK associate in as many years

Sullivan & Cromwell has made up one London associate to partner for the third year in a row. Corporate associate Benjamin Perry will be London’s new partner in January 2008. He joins competition partner Juan Rodriguez, who was made up last year and projects partner Craig Jones, who in 2005 became the only lawyer to […]

Norton Rose scoops DWS Islamic finance star

Norton Rose has dealt a blow to Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) by poaching highly-rated head of Islamic finance Farmida Bi. Bi, who leaves DWS after five years at the firm, will join Norton Rose as a partner to kickstart the rebuild of the firm’s securitisation and debt capital markets practice in the Middle East. Norton […]

Pitmans adds London duo in Reading

Thames Valley firm Pitmans’ recruitment campaign has intensified with the firm hiring two London partners for its Reading office. The firm has hired Weightmans head of construction Laurence Sheppard, who joins as head of construction, and employment partner Richard Devall, who joins from H2O Law. He previously worked at Pitmans 7 years ago. Devall said: […]

FFW reports 19 per cent half-year growth

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has joined the ranks of firms posting double digit growth for this half year, raising turnover almost 19 per cent to £39.3m. The increase in revenue puts the firm on track to hit its target of £75m for the year. The target was set three years ago and the firm is […]

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