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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.

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Australian state gives green light to MDPs

Multi-disciplinary practices (MDPs) are set to be legalised in Victoria, Australia, after a report backing a liberalisation of regulations for lawyers and accountants was tabled in the state’s parliament last week. The report, by the Victorian Legal Ombudsman’s office, suggests removing the current ban on profit-sharing between the professions and on lawyers entering into agreements […]

Lawyers at play

It is doubtful that running the New York marathon comes under the term “play”. Nevertheless, breathless Mark Smy from Birmingham solicitors Lee Crowder raised over £1,500 for mobility aid charity Whizz-Kidz when he ran the race last weekend.

Irwin Mitchell opens mediation floodgates

Solicitors, insurers and the Solicitors’ Indemnity Fund (SIF) have all welcomed Irwin Mitchell’s successful bid to overturn the Legal Aid Board’s (LAB’s) ban on legal aid funding for mediation. Irwin Mitchell’s challenge, conceded by the LAB’s costs and appeal’s committee last Tuesday, is expected to open the floodgates to thousands of mediated settlements. SIF communications […]

UK must cast off immigration blinkers

Philip Trott says the Home Office immigrant crack-down penalises UK business. Philip Trott is an immigration partner at Bates Wells & Braithwaite. Successive UK governments have made much play of the supposed fact that many immigrant asylum seekers are really economic migrants. Therefore, government thinking dictates, applications should be refused and asylum seekers removed from […]

Nelsons takes over Nottingham rival

Twenty-three partner Nottingham firm Nelsons is to swallow up its nine-partner neighbour Trumans. Although Nelsons will now have 32 partners and 150 fee earners, it will still only be the third-largest law firm in Nottingham, behind Freeth Cartwright Hunt Dickins and Browne Jacobson. As part of the deal, Trumans managing partner John Appleby, a prominent […]

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