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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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Stemming the young Bar tide

Ronald Thwaites QC likens the huge number of aspiring barristers to modern-day refugees from central Europe. He says the profession must radically improve its border controls. Ronald Thwaites QC is head of 10 King’s Bench Walk. London is to the legal profession what Hollywood is to the film industry. Droves of young hopefuls are hypnotised […]

In brief: Centaur buys Consultancy Europe Associates

Centaur Communications, which owns The Lawyer and Lawtel, has bought Consultancy Europe Associates (CEA), which produces the Spicers Centre for Europe database covering all EU legislation and policy since 1987. Formed in 1989 by Peter Winter and Charles Bright, CEA acquired the database and related assets of Spicers in December 1991. After the death of […]

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 […]

Govt bids to stem PFI gold rush frenzy

Mike Yuille reports on how Government reforms may leave the City with the lion’s share of lucrative PFI-related work. City pages edited by Richard Tyler. Big City law firms are set to squeeze out the smaller players in the government’s review of project finance initiatives (PFIs). The PFI, devised by the Thatcher government to bring […]

Trouble looming in paradise

The financial activity of the criminal fraternity has led to government-enforced caution in the Caribbean, writes Stephanie Apap Bologna. Last month, one of the Caribbean’s more remote island territories, Antigua and Barbuda, announced that it was enacting a series of new laws to make it “one of the premier offshore financial centres in the world”. […]

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