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What does the Budget 2021 mean for residential property?

As anticipated, the Chancellor in his 2021 Budget has extended the current Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) holiday and has also introduced additional measures in the hope of boosting the property market. Our Residential Property team provide an overview.

How voice-based document production helps your firm win more business

Throughout the lifecycle management of a client, a great deal of correspondence and documentation is produced. This briefing explains how a speech-to-text document production process can transform client responsiveness and help the firm win more business.

The advantages of Freeports examined following Budget 2021

Businesses operating Freeports will benefit from more generous tax reliefs, customs benefits and wider government support, bringing investment, trade and jobs, but what exactly are the advantages businesses can expect to gain from operating in a Freeport?

Budget 2021: The employment implications

Rishi Sunak has announced the much-awaited budget for 2021 hailing protection for the “jobs and livelihoods of the British people”. Outlined below are the key elements impacting employers and their wider workforce.

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Huge cast of firms claim mandates on Thomas Cook fallout

Ashurst has joined the throng of firms advising on the collapse of holiday group Thomas Cook, taking on the key role for the official receiver, KPMG and AlixPartners. Attempts to rescue Thomas Cook from insolvency failed overnight. Ashurst, which is advising the official receiver and special managers, has fielded a team led by restructuring head […]

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Magic circle and US firms win roles on Thomas Cook rescue bid

Clifford Chance is among the firms advising as Chinese conglomerate Fosun confirms its proposed rescue bid for airline Thomas Cook. The deal would see investment company Fosun inject £750m into Thomas Cook as part of a proposed recapitalisation and separation of the group. Corporate partner Tim Lewis and finance partner David Towers led from Clifford Chance […]

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Thomas Cook GC moves over to FTSE 100 developer

Alice Marsden, who has led Thomas Cook’s legal operations for three years, is to become Taylor Wimpey’s general counsel at the end of this year. The move comes as Thomas Cook revealed it has been approached by its largest shareholder Fosun International for a potential sale. However, the travel operator noted there was no certainty […]

Thomas Cook expands hotel portfolio through Aldiana deal

Thomas Cook Group plc has acquired a 42 per cent stake in tour operator Aldiana from the Swiss investment company LMEY Investments.  Thomas Cook will enlarge its portfolio to 190 hotels and resorts in 17 countries worldwide. VIischer advised Thomas Cook as Swiss counsel. The team included under the lead of partner Dr. Benedict F. […]

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Ashurst targets start-ups with corporate practice spin-off

Ashurst has created a start-up practice to support the development of early-stage companies as they deal with the legal hurdles affecting their growth journey. The practice, dubbed the ‘High Growth & VC team’, is a spin-off of the firm’s corporate practice. It is led by London-based partner Tara Waters, Hong Kong and Asia corporate partner […]

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