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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.


SRA orders law firms to probe links to ‘Panama Papers’

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has asked a number of law firms to carry out a review of whether they are linked to the law firm at the centre of the Panama Papers data leak, The Lawyer can reveal. Firms that have received the SRA letter are understood to include Simmons & Simmons, Holman Fenwick Willan […]


Real estate: The foundations of the Manchester market

It may not have been officially recognised as the UK’s second city but in the past few years Manchester has consolidated its position as the next biggest market for law firms outside of London. And with large-scale development taking place across the city it is easy to see why the biggest firms in Manchester all have strong foundations in the real estate sector.

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Shearman & Sterling mulls agile working in London

Shearman & Sterling is consulting on plans to introduce agile working in its London office. Shearman’s UK base has had an informal system in place for a number of years but confirmed to The Lawyer that it is reviewing its thinking on agile working for London lawyers after it introduced a policy to allow its US-based associates to work from home two days a […]


Macfarlanes makes up no women in six-strong promotions round

Macfarlanes has promoted six lawyers to its partnership in London, making up no women for the first time in three years. Litigation duo James Popperwell and Gideon Sanitt have both been promoted, with Popperwell joining the firm in 2013 from Debevoise & Plimpton. Senior counsel Sanitt meanwhile joined Macfarlanes in 2012 after a five-year career […]

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