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Court of Appeal has held that public policy interests do not justify the release of restrictive covenants

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Dozens of small businesses suffer after Halliwells’ collapse

Documents leaked to The Lawyer have revealed the full extent of collapsed firm Halliwells’ creditors. The joint administrators, Dermot Power and Shay Bannon of BDO, made their first report to Halliwells’ creditors last week. Between them the creditors are owed £14.1m. The largest sum is owed to HM Revenue & Customs, but the extensive list […]

Freshfields gets ready to fill in the blanks

As Les Dawson graciously explained week in, week out on Blankety Blank, no one goes away empty handed. Far be it for anyone to compare the Freshfields senior partner race to the shining beacon of 1980s tea-time light entertainment, but Ted Burke probably understands what dear old Les was getting at. Today sees Burke and […]

Debevoise beefs up London practice with Travers hire

US firm Debevoise & Plimpton has expanded its London private equity practice with the hire of Travers Smith partner David Innes. Innes departs after a decade at the City firm, where one of his key relationships was with private equity house Bridgepoint Capital, which he advised on its £955m sale of retailer Pets at Home […]

College of Poor

Students of collateral damage from major business collapses need look no further than Halliwells and the College of Law (CoL). The exclusive provider of the LPC for Halliwells’ trainees is owed £450,000 by the collapsed firm. CoL chief executive Nigel Savage says that as a unsecured creditor, his organisation might be left with no choice […]

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