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What does the Budget 2021 mean for residential property?

As anticipated, the Chancellor in his 2021 Budget has extended the current Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday and has also introduced additional measures in the hope of boosting the property market. Our Residential Property team provide an overview.

How voice-based document production helps your firm win more business

Throughout the lifecycle management of a client, a great deal of correspondence and documentation is produced. This briefing explains how a speech-to-text document production process can transform client responsiveness and help the firm win more business.

The advantages of Freeports examined following Budget 2021

Businesses operating Freeports will benefit from more generous tax reliefs, customs benefits and wider government support, bringing investment, trade and jobs, but what exactly are the advantages businesses can expect to gain from operating in a Freeport?

Budget 2021: The employment implications

Rishi Sunak has announced the much-awaited budget for 2021 hailing protection for the “jobs and livelihoods of the British people”. Outlined below are the key elements impacting employers and their wider workforce.


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EasyJet’s Winterton to join taxi app Karhoo as first legal head

Easyjet’s head of legal and compliance Andrew Winterton is joining start-up taxi app company Karhoo in January as its first legal chief. Winterton’s departure comes just a year after Kyla Mullins joined as group general counsel and director of regulation & corporate governance from Mitie. He joined easyJet in 2007 from Virgin Atlantic Airways, where he […]

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RBS delays top-tier panel appointments in wake of GC resignation

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has delayed the completion of its ‘tier one’ panel review following the resignation of general counsel John Collins earlier this week, The Lawyer understands. However the bank has confirmed to its second and third tier of legal advisers, understood to include at least 20 firms, whether they made the cut. A […]

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Consort Medical turns to Synageva for new GC hire

John Ilett has joined Consort Medical as group general counsel and company secretary from rival pharmaceutical company Synageva BioPharma. Ilett replaces former general counsel Iain Ward, who left the listed company after a year-and-a-half for the Wellcome Trust, where he is now senior legal counsel. In his new role, Ilett is responsible for all group […]

RBS GC quits for Santander amidst shareholder litigation battle

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) general counsel John Collins has resigned after less than a year in the top job to join Santander UK as director of legal, compliance and regulatory affairs. Collins will remain at the bank until mid-2016, a spokesperson at RBS confirmed. His successor has not yet been named. His exit could disrupt […]

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BLP advises alongside magic circle trio in GE’s £3.8bn loan sale to consortium

A host of firms have advised on the £3.8bn acquisition of a portfolio of first lien mortgage loans from General Electric’s (GE) UK home lending business. GE Capital was represented by Allen & Overy (A&O), with a team including partner Daniel McKimm. Meanwhile Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) advised the investment consortium made up of funds […]

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