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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’.


US merger reshapes top five

ACQUISITIVE Florida-based firm Holland & Knight has merged with Boston practice Sherburne Powers & Needham to become a top five US firm. The deal, which became official on 1 November, is the firm’s sixth acquisition this year and marks the latest stage of its concerted bid to become a national US firm. The addition of […]

CPS prosecutors end crown court advocacy ban

CPS prosecutors have given David Calvert-Smith QC a flying start as the new Director of Public Prosecutions by voting to end their six month long crown court advocacy boycott. The ballot, staged by the CPS branch of The Association of First Division Civil Servants (FDA), also saw prosecutors withdraw their objections to a government pilot […]

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 […]


In brief: Environment Agency appoints regional head

The Environment Agency has appointed its own in-house lawyer, Steven Zdolyny (pictured right), to the new position of regional solicitor for the north west region. Zdolyny will lead a team of nine lawyers advising all the agency’s departments in the region.

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.

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