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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”.


Law Soc free to pursue accountants after Lords victory

The Law Society has won a House of Lords victory which allows it to pursue its fight against an accountancy firm accused of negligence. Yesterday morning (10 May) the Lords ruled that the society is able to bring its case against Sephton & Co despite having filed the claim 14 years after the actions under […]

Blackstone earns its Spurs

More football, and it’s over to Blackstone Chambers, the undisputed champions of the chambers seven-a-side footie tourno 2006. The event took place on the balmy summer’s evening of last Tuesday (2 May) and The Lawyer old boy turned Blackstone in-houser Mat Swallow was instrumental in the set’s victory. “Okay,” admitted the bar’s answer to Gary […]

Linklaters loses tax specialist in London

One of Linklaters‘ rising star London tax partners is leaving the firm to join Morgan Stanley.Andrew Beverley, a former British Army soldier and a partner at Linklaters since 2000, is moving to the investment bank in a non-legal role. The corporate tax specialist, who also qualified at the magic circle firm in 1993, will become […]

Government approves new conflict rules

The government has finally approved the Law Society’s new conflicts of interest rules, nearly a year after they were drafted. The rules, clarifying what solicitors must do in cases of conflicts of interest and with regard to confidentiality and disclosure, prompted a barrage of criticism when they were published in June 2005. The proposals were […]

Elite firms put to shame by smaller practices’ diversity

Law Soc reveals that only 8 per cent of the UK’s top 100 firms’ trainees belong to an ethnic minority. The average proportion of ethnic minority trainees at the UK’s top 100 law firms lags significantly behind the number of registered trainees across the profession from ethnic minority groups. The 2006 diversity league table, first […]

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