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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.

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Noerr hits turnover high of €191m with 12 per cent growth

German firm Noerr has reported market-beating turnover growth for 2013, with revenues rising from €170m in 2012 to €190.8m (£159m) last year. The 12.3 per cent increase follows a 7 per cent rise in turnover last year (13 March 2013). The firm’s German offices performed most strongly, with domestic revenue increasing by 15.2 per cent […]

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Southern Africa: Neighbourhood watch

Often overshadowed by their bigger and more affluent neighbour South Africa, the southern states of the continent are starting to show their mettle Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe have often been overlooked by investors favouring their larger neighbour, South Africa. But although the economies remain small, all have enormous potential and law firms are gearing […]

Eversheds comments on Littlewoods’ High Court victory over £1.2bn VAT claim

Littlewoods has been successful in its High Court VAT claim worth more than £1.2bn. The case is a landmark VAT case on whether taxpayers should be paid compound rather than simple interest by HMRC on any overpayments of VAT that they make. Giles Salmond, head of indirect taxes and tax dispute resolution at Eversheds, has […]

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Public enterprise: local authorities vs FTSE 100

Sharing legal functions with a neighbouring authority – something 17 local councils have done so far – was a decent enough start. But it’s not enough. As budgets shrink further and privatisation of public sector services increase, local authority legal teams – including Lambeth, Buckinghamshire, Harrow and Cambridgeshire – are close to launching an ABS […]

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Zhong Lun targets Chinese top three with 22-partner Kaiwen acquisition

Chinese firm Zhong Lun has bolstered its domestic practice through the acquisition of legacy Beijing firm Kaiwen, two years after the firm agreed a merger with Beijing-based capital markets boutique Grandway. The large-scale bolt-on was approved by Zhong Lun’s partnership during its annual partnership conference earlier this month and will add a team of 22 partners […]

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