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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”.


Gateleys-HBJ tie-up pays off as PEP jumps by 40 per cent

Average profit per equity partner (PEP) at HBJ Gateley Wareing has rocketed by 40 per cent in the year the firm sealed its Anglo-Scottish merger. Partners are toasting a PEP of £280,000, up by 40 per cent from the £200,000 recorded at the pre-merger Gateleys. Managing partner for England Peter Davies said: “The growth has […]

Wragges handed UCE development work

Wragges handed UCE development work” />Midlands firm Wragge & Co has scooped a role advising the University of Central England (UCE) on potential developments in Eastside, the 10-year regeneration project developing 420 acres of land to the east of Birmingham city centre. A real estate team led by commercial development partner John Burns will advise […]

GE counsel tops US pay league with $5.04m package

General Electric’s legal chief Benjamin Heineman remains the highest-paid general counsel in the US, scooping a mammoth $5.4m (£2.7m) in total cash compensation last year. Heineman narrowly beat Lehman Brothers Holdings’ executive vice-president and chief legal officer Thomas Russo, who earned an equally impressive $5m (£2.68m) in salary and bonuses. However, if stock-related transactions such […]

The work-life quiz Juan Picón

What was your first-ever job?Teaching tennis and skiing at university. Name: Juan Picón Firm: DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary Position: Regional managing partner, Spain Lives: Madrid, Serrano Education: Law and economics degree, ICADe (1987). LLM in European Community law from Université Libre de Bruxelles (1989) Work history: 1987: In-house legal counsel, Banco Santander 1988: Associate, […]

Sydney partner pay exceeds A$1m mark

Average pay for Sydney-based partners in Australia’s largest firms has broken through the A$1m (£410,440) barrier for the first time, according to a new salary survey. The survey by Mahlab Recruitment found that average partner remuneration at top-tier firms in Sydney was A$1.04m (£412,000). The top tier includes Australia’s ‘big six’ of Allens Arthur Robinson, […]

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