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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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In brief: Barristers offer 'glass ceiling' guidance

Cherie Booth QC and her barrister colleague at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square, Jane Oldham, were guest speakers at a seminar, Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling, at the inaugural meeting of City firm Berwin Leighton’s Women In Business Group. About 80 businesswomen attended the event at London’s Tallow Chandlers Hall last week. The group, which is […]

In brief: Law Soc lobbies Lords on legal aid cuts

The Law Society is to send a letter to all MPs and peers today expressing the view that the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg’s decision to withdraw legal aid from all non-family civil claims is a restriction of access to justice for the poor and for those who want to bring complex cases. The […]

Firms taking risks in dash for Internet, finds survey

National firm Eversheds has conducted a survey which shows that companies rarely take legal advice before setting up a Web site. The survey, based on telephone interviews conducted last month among 111 companies with an annual turnover of more than £250,000, also showed roughly three quarters of companies choose domain names without first checking their […]

Werkmans loses Jo'burg partner to White & Case

US firm White & Case has poached a senior South African lawyer, John Janks, from leading South African firm Werkmans to join its Johannesburg office. Janks is the firm’s first appointment of a South African lawyer at partner level. White & Case set up the six-lawyer office in Johannesburg in 1995, becoming the only foreign […]

Extortionate insolvency fees come under close scrutiny

Trade minister Nigel Griffiths MP has warned lawyers and accountants who practise insolvency that he will be looking closely at the way they charge fees following the expected publication of a report into the matter by Mr Justice Ferris. A working party representing all professional bodies involved in insolvency was set up last year under […]

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