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Putting on the sustainability goggles for our future

Could you spend five minutes today to think about what small step you could take to lead a more environmentally friendly life, and could you possibly influence others to also take that same action?

Real estate: Current trends – a contrarian view

Economically, we have looming challenges to the living sector, but we have almost 15 years’ market movement under our collective belt since the last great unpleasantness and perhaps things are different now. Ultimately, it is all about supply and demand (and hopefully a profit element in there somewhere), but let’s look at some of the elements that contribute to that in the housebuilder sector.

Revision of fiduciary regulatory legislation

The Regulation of Fiduciaries, Administration Businesses and Company Directors, etc (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2000 (as amended) will be repealed and replaced with the Regulation of Fiduciaries, Administration Businesses and Company Directors, etc (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2020 with effect from 1 November 2021.



AIM-listed Fairpoint set to ramp up legal offering after Simpson Millar acquisition

AIM-listed consumer financial services business Fairpoint Group has stated its commitment to expanding Simpson Millar after it completed its acquisition of the firm earlier this week for an £8m consideration. Fairpoint secured a £20m funding facility from Allied Irish Banks (AIB) earlier this year both to fund the acquisition and to underpin its future consolidation […]


Slater & Gordon takes on Manchester HQ and re-jigs UK management

Slater & Gordon (S&G) has confirmed a UK management re-jig and taken on 105,000 sq ft of office space in Manchester. The Australian-listed firm has secured seven floors of 58 Mosley Street Manchester, where it will bring legacy Pannone, Fentons and its pre-existing Manchester staff under one roof for the first time since the 2012/13 […]


Second Ashurst exit in a week as finance partner Thrower quits for Simmons

Finance specialist Simon Thrower has become the latest partner to depart from Ashurst, taking up a new role in Simmons & Simmons’ financial markets team. Thrower, who has been a partner at Ashurst since 1999, has particular expertise in corporate and leveraged acquisition finance, syndicated corporate debt facilities and debt restructuring.  Recent transactions have included […]


Why Allen & Overy (sort of) changed its mind on Canada

Allen & Overy (A&O) put a Canada launch on the back burner in 2011, choosing instead to focus on Australia. A&O’s future Toronto head reveals what was behind the change of heart. When A&O’s Casablanca founding partner François Duquette voiced his intention to return to Canada nine months ago, the firm was left in a pickle. Here […]

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