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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.



Tax code breakers

Firms have been frantic pondering HMRC’s new LLP rules and found a way to comply, but not how the taxman intended HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) changes this month to the taxation of LLP members kicked off one of the biggest shake-ups in the UK legal market in years. In response to HMRC’s new tax rules, […]

No5 barrister Timothy Jones represents mobile-home park owner in recent case

Planning and environment barrister Timothy Jones from No5 Chambers has appeared for the successful claimant, a mobile-home park owner, in Cotswold Grange Country Park v The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Tewkesbury Borough Council. Hickenbottom J has quashed a planning inspector’s decision that a planning permission ‘to erect static caravan for […]

Herbert Smith

Herbies focuses on London in 23-strong promos round

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has added 23 associates to its partnership, with almost half of those made up based in London.  Among the new partners, 11 are based in London, one in Paris, seven in the firm’s Australia offices, two in Hong Kong and one each in Shanghai and Singapore. In comparison, the firm promoted just […]


Speechly picks on someone its own size

After the Withers fiasco, Speechly targets a more realistic link with Charles Russell Merging firms with different histories, characters and personalities is never going to be easy. That’s a lesson Speechly Bircham has learned the hard way. Last year’s failed merger talks with fellow private client-focused firm Withers fell flat after just two months of […]

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