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Acquisition agreements during Covid-19

Given the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is timely for us to look closely at material adverse change clauses in the context of a business acquisition.

Capital market trends and expectations for 2021

It has certainly been a profound start to a new decade thus far, and after the events of 2020, what have we noticed in terms of new stock exchange listing trends and what do we anticipate for this current calendar year?

The new how: thriving on change

The world is changing. At lightning-fast speed. This white paper, prepared as part of The Lawyer’s Smarter Working Week, looks at the main drivers for change in more detail and how you can prepare for ‘change3’.

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The signs were always there. When Hammonds senior partner Chris Jones was being interviewed about his firm’s year-end figures, he suddenly came out with something rather pointed about the firm’s corporate recovery and insolvency group, which he admitted had not performed as strongly as had been expected. “The market for insolvency was interesting,” he told […]

Reversal of fortune

Private client work is sexy again. But which firms are acting for the rich, the super rich and the disgustingly wealthy? Jennifer Currie reports

Ashursts moves in on Railtrack Group after Simmons conflicted

A host of law firms, including Herbert Smith, Ashurst Morris Crisp and Linklaters, are advising on a series of complex transactions with a combined value of more than £1bn to sort out the Railtrack affair. Ashursts partner Chris Ashworth is advising Rail-track Group on the sale of Railtrack plc’s shares to Network Rail for £500m, […]

Bird & Bird blames global expansion for profit drop

Technology, media and telecoms (TMT) firm Bird & Bird has seen a 9 per cent dip in profits in the last financial year Gross fees went up 10 per cent from £48.6m to £53.3m. But average profits per partner dropped from £398,000 to £360,000.Bird & Bird is not the only TMT law firm to suffer […]

Judges accused of running 'flawed' wasted costs system

Judges have come under fire for making the wasted costs system an expensive and often time wasting operation A report by 4 New Square barrister Hugh Evans describes the controversial system as “flawed” and full of procedural complexities and faults that may include a breach of the Human Rights Act and natural justice.Among the damning […]

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