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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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Clive Sheldon QC on standby for GCSE judicial review

Clive Sheldon QC of 11KBW is on standby to launch a judicial review bid into the GCSE English marking fiasco for the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL). ASCL said a pre-action protocol letter had been issued and the full claim could be launched as soon as next week. The letter, which was sent […]

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Niri Shan, head of media & entertainment group, Taylor Wessing

Acted in 2009 for the Mail on Sunday on a copyright and privacy claim brought by Madonna over her wedding photos. In my view the public’s confidence in the press must be restored. In order to do this, a stronger media regulator needs to be put in place to balance the competing rights of privacy, […]

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Tories’ ‘rights for shares’ scheme blasted by employment lawyers

Employment lawyers have reacted with some scepticism about Chancellor George Osborne’s ‘rights for shares’ scheme proposals at the Conservative party conference. Tom Flanagan, partner and head of employment at Irwin Mitchell, welcomed moves to encourage employee engagement and commitment to businesses, but questioned the “bizarre package” of signing away rights to claim unfair dismissal, flexible […]

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Davis Polk wins job for French government on failed BAE-EADS talks

US firm Davis Polk & Wardwell’s newly-launched UK law team has won an appointment for the French government on negotiations with aerospace groups BAE Systems and EADS over their €36bn (£29bn) merger, which was called off yesterday (10 October). London partner Simon Witty advised the Paris authorities on UK aspects of the talks, with the […]

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