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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 slashes law firm roster after move to handle more work in-house

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has unveiled its slimmed down prosecutions panel, as the body plans to handle more work in-house. Seven firms made it onto the SRA’s panel to advise on disciplinary proceedings and regulatory appeals. That figure is down from the 16 that were appointed following the SRA’s previouspanel review in 2009 (2 […]

Harbinger Capital v Independent Valuer of Northern Rock; HM Treasury

Harbinger Capital Partners v (1) Andrew Caldwell (as the Independent Valuer of Northern Rock plc); (2) HM Treasury January, 4 days, CoA For the appellant Harbinger: South Square’s Mark Phillips QC and Blackstone Chambers’ Monica Carss-Frisk QC, instructed by Brown Rudnick partners Louise Verrill and Neill Shrimpton For the respondent Independent Valuer: Brick Court Chambers’ […]

LG, Norton Rose, W&C advise on investment group Seref’s £230m IPO

Lawrence Graham (LG), Norton Rose and White & Case all advised on Starwood European Real Estate Finance’s (Seref) £228.5m IPO on the London Stock Exchange. Seref, a Guernsey-domiciled closed-end company, was established by US private equity group Starwood Capital to invest in European property debt. Shares in the company began trading on 17 December and, […]

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Patent by numbers

A single patent court system for Europe and the high-profile ‘phone wars’ are putting IP at the heart of clients’ business strategies Recent multibillion-pound patent portfolio acquisitions of Motorola Mobility and Nortel have emphasised the value of IP as a mainstream asset class. On a global level countries are developing national ‘IP strategies’ designed to […]

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Nottingham’s Nelsons eyes East Midlands domination with Derby take-over

Nottingham-headquartered Nelsons Solicitors has swallowed up Derby’s Bakewells, as the firm looks to become a dominant force in the East Midlands legal market. Nelsons, which has more than 200 lawyers and staff working across offices in Leicester, Nottingham and Derby, is set to merge with Bakewells, which has a 35-strong team, creating a near £15m […]

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