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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.


Shearman opts for yearly pay reviews

Shearman & Sterling‘s associates will no longer enjoy six-monthly pay reviews following an overhaul of the London office’s salary system. Going against Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) 20 per cent pay hike last month (October), Shearman has instead decided to pare down its salary reviews to a single annual review in May from next year. The […]

Deacons partner joins Kendall Freeman

Kendall Freeman has made a rare lateral hire, taking Deacons partner Martin Lister for its international corporate insurance practice. Lister joined Kendall Freeman last week (1 November) from Deacons’ Hong Kong office. He will be based in London, but is expecting to handle work for clients in Asia. “I can support the Kendall Freeman client […]

Bird & Bird projects 20 per cent PEP rise at half-year

Bird & Bird’s continued European expansion has helped it to a 22 per cent increase in revenues at the half-year point. But the rapid international growth, which saw it reach 13 offices in 10 jurisdictions this year, has not hurt the bottom line. Chief executive David Kerr said profits lagged only slightly behind revenues in […]

Pinsents lands £100m Kent schools initiative

Pinsent Masons‘ PFI lawyers have secured the firm’s first major deal for Kent County Council. The major financial completion project for Kent’s schools PFI is a £100m, 28-year concession to deliver state-of-the-art facilities to six schools. The firm was appointed to the council’s PPP panel in late 2003. It had taken instructions on smaller projects […]

Darby’s does Dallas

This year The Rising 50 – The Lawyer’s look at smaller-turnover firms – has thrown up no end of revelations, but none are as miraculous as the identity of Oxford firm Darby’s marketing manager. He is none other than Mr Kennedy. Mr John Kennedy. Middle initial ‘F’. And yes, he’s known as JFK.

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