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The European Green Deal

The Green Deal lays out a detailed European plan as an initial roadmap for tackling climate change and economic inequality to improve the quality of life of the EU and its citizens. It reviews and resets the Commission’s environmental targets, requires more public investment and increased efforts to direct private capital towards climate and environmental action.

Insolvency of Guernsey companies

A unique aspect of Guernsey insolvency law is the ability of members to wind up their company by special resolution even when this company is insolvent. This article has been written to take into account the legislative changes which will be enacted by the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (Insolvency) (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 which will come into force during the course of 2020.

Legal challenges that health technologies can face

In Turkey, thanks to the applications developed by the Ministry of Health such as e-pulse, e-report, telemedicine, ESIM, MIZ and SİNA, health technologies have now gone beyond “getting online appointments”. However, these rapid developments do not have the same reflection in the legal field. In this article, the legal dimensions of health technologies will be examined.

Innovative firms promised extra funding support

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced a new £1.25bn support package designed to protect firms driving innovation during the Covid-19 pandemic. The package includes a £500m investment fund (called the Future Fund) for high-growth companies impacted by the crisis, made up of funding from government and the private sector and £750 million of grants and loans for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) focusing on research and development.


Dickinson Dees lures County Durham’s head of legal

The interim head of legal at Durham County Council has left to set up a dedicated public law group at Dickinson Dees. Linda Walker oversaw the council’s legal function throughout its conversion into a unitary authority, which was completed in April. Durham was the only one of the nine new unitary councils not to have […]


Blackstone silk knighted in birthday honours list

Blackstone Chambers’ Ian Brownlie QC and Clifford Chance partner Michael Smyth are the only lawyers to have been honoured by the Queen in her annual Birthday Honours List. Ian Brownlie QC Brownlie, who has been practising in both human rights and public international law since 1967,  received a knighthood for services to public international law. […]

Hammonds debt collection spin-off Drydens bought by ex-DLA partner

The partners of Hammonds’ debt collection spin-off Drydens have sold the business months after another Hammonds spin-off, Hammonds Direct, went into administration. Drydens has been bought for an undisclosed sum by lawyer and licensed insolvency practitioner Philip Holden. Holden is a former Dibb Lupton Broomhead (now DLA Piper) partner who in 2002 set up niche […]


Pinsents – first firm to offshore work of qualified UK lawyers

National firm to outsource litigation work to South Africa as offshoring revolution gathers pace Pinsent Masons is gearing up to make significant cost savings by outsourcing work to South Africa, becoming the first firm to offshore the work of qualified lawyers. Pinsents is outsourcing litigation work to lawyers working for business services company Exigent in […]


Kennedys’ mergers pay off with 30 per cent revenue hike

Consecutive years of major investment has paid off for commercial litigation firm Kennedys, which has reported a 30.7 per cent jump in turnover at the 2008-09 year end. In the past financial year the firm’s turnover swelled from £51.5m to £67.3m while average profits per equity partner (PEP) rose 16.7 per cent from £300,000 to […]

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