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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.


Camerons builds on Ukranian success with office launch

CMS Cameron McKenna will be the first City firm to launch in the Ukraine when it opens a 30-lawyer office in Kiev in September. Camerons is launching its twelfth international office on the back of regional growth and investment in the Ukraine from clients including Erste Bank and private equity houses Advent International and Mid-Europa […]

Monckton hauls back £300m in VAT for investment trusts in ECJ

Monckton Chambers has scored a European Court of Justice (ECJ) victory that will see investment trusts collectively receive a £300m tax refund in addition to making annual savings of £40m. The ECJ ruled that investment trusts such as JPMorgan Claverhouse, which brought the proceedings, should be exempt from VAT on management expenses. The investment vehicle […]

A&O forms French association for restructuring work

Allen & Overy (A&O) has strengthened its restructuring capabilities through a newly formed association with French insolvency firm SCP Santoni Paccioni et Associes. The firms have worked closely together in the past, collaborating on a number of restructurings, including Eurotunnel, Rhodia and Securitas Protection Services. Gordon Stewart, global head of restructuring at A&O, said: “We’re […]


Law Society to pay £100,000 to miners

The Law Society will pay out up to £100,000 to sick miners after their law firms provided inadequate professional services in relation to the British Coal compensation scheme. The society has taken the extraordinary step after one or two solicitors firms deferred paying the miners until after their hearings before the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT). […]

SJ Berwin poaches LG funds partner

SJ Berwin has lured an LG (Lawrence Graham) investment funds partner to join its expanding financial markets group. Victoria Younghusband, will join the firm on 1 August to help develop SJ Berwin’s investment fund capabilities. Financial markets partner at SJ Berwin, Bruce Gardner, commented: “The firm wants to develop the financial markets team and Victoria […]

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