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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.


Onus on UK pensions industry after OFT does not refer DC pensions to CC, says Eversheds

Francois Barker, head of pensions at Eversheds, has commented on the UK Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT’s) decision not to refer defined-contribution (DC) pensions to the Competition Commission. This is despite the various weaknesses with the DC pensions market that were identified in the OFT’s DC market study last September. Barker said that the OFT considered […]

Lessons from the credit crisis: a subtle shift in the long reach for top executives

As the extended aftermath of the 2007–08 subprime mortgage and global financial crisis continues to unfold, financial markets regulators have been criticised by members of the punditry for missed opportunities to charge senior executives. There are many sound reasons for this purported lapse in regulatory assertiveness. For offences that often require proof of fraudulent intent […]

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Crown Estate kicks off hunt for rural panel members

The Crown Estate has launched a panel review of its rural roster which currently features Burges Salmon and Clarke Willmott. The body has sent out tender documents and will make the final decision on the new line-up by the end of May 2014. According to general counsel Vivienne King, the Crown Estate asks firms for one […]

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Boris-backed Pocket Living picks Speechly as sole adviser

Private housing developer Pocket Living has cut its legal panel from five to one, making Speechly Bircham its sole legal adviser.  Pocket founder and chief executive Marc Vlessing, who would not comment on which other firms the company previously used, told The Lawyer that the decision to cut its legal advisers down to one was […]

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39 Essex Street seals Kuala Lumpur launch

London set 39 Essex Street has confirmed plans to open an office in Kuala Lumpur in October, making it the first UK chambers to have a presence in Malaysia. 39 Essex Street has taken an office at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) following a formal signing of the lease yesterday. The Lawyer […]

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