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Winding up petitions: High Court guidance

Regulations laid before Parliament yesterday seek to extend the current restrictions on the presentation of winding up petitions to 31 December 2020. However, there will inevitably come a time when these temporary restrictions are lifted.

Covid-19 guidance for courts in Northern Ireland – Civil Actions

On 23 September, the Lord Chief Justice’s Office issued Covid-19 Guidance for Civil Actions which applies to all civil actions in the High Court and County Court from 1 October 2020. This Guidance is an attempt by the Office of the Lord Chief Justice to have the civil courts undertake as much business as possible during the pandemic.

Running a charity at a time of crisis: reputation management tips for the third sector

Charities are undoubtedly invaluable to society, but regardless of their admirable aims, they are not immune to experiencing a crisis. This fact has come sharply into view amid the coronavirus pandemic, with charities currently experiencing , caused primarily by a drop in donations. This financial hit has left charities especially vulnerable, leaving the door open for mistakes and wrong decisions to be made. But there are steps you can take before and during a crisis to shield against reputational fallout

Prepare to have right on your side when making efficiency savings

As the UK officially enters recession, we are seeing perhaps the toughest landscape in the corporate world for over a decade. With so many decisions to be made to protect the buoyancy of their business, especially as government support schemes gradually come to an end, many employers are finding themselves in a difficult place. On the one hand, they want to value and protect the staff who have succeeded over the past few challenging months but, at the same time, many are finding redundancies in certain business areas inevitable. So how do they navigate this territory and ensure they keep the business going while doing the right thing?


Weil Gotshal London hires A&O tax partner

Weil Gotshal & Manges has hired an Allen & Overy tax partner to bulk up its London office. Brenda Coleman Partner Brenda Coleman will start in her new role in mid-September. Weil London head Michael Francies said: “Our London corporate tax team, led by Sarah Priestly, has played a central role on a wide range […]

White & Case helps draft Kazakh restructuring laws

White & Case has scored a lead role advising the Kazakhstan government on the creation of new restructuring laws in the country. Francis Fitzherbert-Brockholes London-based European capital markets co-head Francis Fitzherbert-Brockholes led the advice to the Kazakhstan government. The mandate was awarded after the US firm won a role advising UBS on the restructuring of […]


Shearman Brussels left partnerless by Arnold & Porter hires

Shearman & Sterling’s European network has been hit by the defection of two Brussels antitrust partners to Arnold & Porter. Shearman’s Brussels office has been left with no permanent partner presence with Annette Schild and Silvio Cappellari leaving to join Arnold & Porter. Counsel Stephanie Birmann has also joined Arnold & Porter. Shearman’s Brussels office […]


A&O, Linklaters lead on €12bn Schaeffler debt restructuring

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Linklaters have played key roles in the restructuring of German company Schaeffler’s debt, paving the way for the ball-bearing maker to merge with auto-parts manufacturer Continental. Neil Weiand A&O was handed the mandate from Schaeffler thanks to a long-standing relationship between the company and A&O Dusseldorf partner Rolf Koerfer. Known […]


News Corp creates competition role for OFT international head

News Corporation has appointed Andrea Appella in the newly-created role of director of legal, competition and regulatory affairs for Europe and Asia. Appella was previously head of international at the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), where he led a team that contributes to multilateral competition bodies, such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development […]

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