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Acquisition agreements during Covid-19

Given the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is timely for us to look closely at material adverse change clauses in the context of a business acquisition.

Capital market trends and expectations for 2021

It has certainly been a profound start to a new decade thus far, and after the events of 2020, what have we noticed in terms of new stock exchange listing trends and what do we anticipate for this current calendar year?

The new how: thriving on change

The world is changing. At lightning-fast speed. This white paper, prepared as part of The Lawyer’s Smarter Working Week, looks at the main drivers for change in more detail and how you can prepare for ‘change3’.


Competition: Consumer Focus

Gemma Bowen Consumer Focus was formed by the Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Act 2007, which merged the National ­Consumer Council with Energywatch and Postwatch. During its time the watchdog has had many run-ins with ­companies but few have been as high­profile, or as successful, as its 2009 clash with npower. In 2007 the energy […]

David Barnes

Barristers’ clerks to Bar Standards Board: regulate us

The Institute of Barristers’ Clerks (IBC) is lobbying the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to start regulating the work clerks do, as it strives to have the job recognised as a profession in its own right. The Bar Council and IBC are holding talks about what shape any regulation might take and whether the IBC could be […]

Regulation: KPMG

Vanessa Sharp When US banking group Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008, the ramifications were felt worldwide. But for the normally sedate accountancy profession, it ­represented a particularly ­violent jolt. As when energy group Enron went bust in 2001, auditors were thrust into the spotlight. Enron’s auditor Arthur Andersen was unable to ­survive, but this time round there […]

Cobbetts swoops for Dawsons corporate partner

Dawsons has lost a partner and two lawyers to the London office of North-West firm Cobbetts, it was announced today. Harender Branch joins Cobbetts after eight years at Dawsons, including five as a partner in the firm’s corporate team. The news follows confirmation that Dawsons is in advanced merger talks with Penningtons (The Lawyer,14 March). […]

Kenneth Clarke

MoJ unveils its plans for overhauling libel laws

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has published its draft Defamation Bill in an effort to bring Britain’s libel laws up to date. Freedom of speech campaigners have lobbied hard for the reform of British libel laws arguing that the current system, where wealthy litigants can sue defendants at little financial risk to themselves. The former […]

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