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10 stumbling blocks in a business exit

Every business exit is different and a seller’s requirements will vary depending on the nature of their target business, the parties involved and the wider commercial climate. Even so, common issues crop up regularly.

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City firms set for arbitration boom as disputes teams predict court backlog

Arbitration has moved up the agenda at major City firms. The silk appointments in January showed how much international arbitration has become a key part of the disputes’ arsenal.  Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Nigel Blackaby, Herbert Smith Freehills’ Simon Chapman, Andrew McDougall of White & Case and Clifford Chance partner Jason Fry all took silk earlier […]

Hot 100 career quiz: Ashurst digital disruptor Tara Waters

Name: Tara Waters Firm: Ashurst Role: Partner and co-CEO of Ashurst Digital Ventures Trained at: Allen & Overy Year qualified: 2009 Read her Hot 100 profile What’s your most vivid memory from being a trainee? I did not do a training contract as I am US-qualified. However, one of the first memories as a lawyer […]

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Dechert hands out extra day of leave to all staff

Dechert has started the process of opening some of its offices in Europe, while also giving its staff globally an extra day of annual leave. The extra day off has been billed by the firm as a “day to thrive”, with many firms and businesses impressing it upon their staff to use up holiday now […]

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Post Office appoints new legal director

The Post Office has appointed a new group legal director. Sarah Gray joins the Post Office as legal director, taking over from Sherrill Taggart who had held the role on an interim basis for a year. Gray, who has spent 14 years in-house, was previously head of legal, corporate advisory & head of whistleblowing at […]

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Reed Smith imposes hiring freeze across business services

Reed Smith has put in place a hiring freeze for all professional staff for the rest of the year, though the measures do not apply to the firm’s lawyer contingent. The decision comes a few days after the firm announced it was to start a redundancy consultation process in London. Management at the firm has […]

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