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By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman, Jo Stephenson, Oliver Duke Government has published its response to the recent consultation on transparency in supply chains. The consultation, which was launched last summer, sought views on proposed measures to strengthen the transparency in supply chain reporting provisions in section 54 of the Modern Slavery […]

Administration appointments: Does failure to give notice under Schedule B1 render the appointment void?

By Duncan Lole, Olivia Robinson Strategic Advantage SPC v Tokenhouse VB Limited and others [2020] EWHC 003171 (Ch) is the most recent case in a long line of cases grappling with the consequences of non-compliance of prescribed conditions for the out-of-court appointments of administrators, introduced in September 2003 by Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986 […]

Debt for equity swaps – A possible solution to rising levels of debt?

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman, Jo Stephenson, Oliver Duke The Financial Times recently reported that UK business faces a potential debt burden of up to £105 billion with small and medium sized companies under most pressure. Such levels of corporate debt are likely to be unsustainable and create obvious issues for […]

The job support scheme – All change!

By Andrew Rayment, Suzanne Treen, Charlotte Smith On 22 October 2020, the Chancellor announced further changes to the Job Support Scheme (JSS) with the stated purpose of saving more jobs.  The announcement came following widespread concern from businesses that they would not receive much-needed support following the end of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) […]

Company law reform – Changes planned to improve corporate transparency

By John Hamer, Debbie Jackson, Richard Naish, Daniel O’Gorman, Jo Stephenson, Oliver Duke Towards the end of September 2020, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published its findings in relation to the consultation on corporate transparency and Companies House reform which it launched in May 2019. The response document contains an overview […]

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Leading under pressure

By Charles Brook The word pressure is thrown around a lot in leadership circles. But pressure is a broad term when discussing how it might be navigated. Growing the capacity to lead under pressure is essential if an emerging leader is to become effective. But an understanding of what kind of pressure you are facing is equally important if […]

Technology trends lawyers should follow considering COVID-19—Part one

By Nayeem Syed As Covid-19 fundamentally challenged the global economy, organisations scrambled to keep the lights on, and collectively, they conducted a giant remote working experiment. Despite some early underestimations, governments injected unprecedented fiscal stimulus, providing vitally necessary confidence ensuring capital flowed and trade occurred. Putting aside the health tragedy, knowledge workers managed well. Their […]

European Parliament – EU rules for Artificial Intelligence

By Magda Cocco, Inês Antas de Barros, Tiago Sérgio Cabral, Iakovina Kindylidi On October 20, the European Parliament adopted three legislative initiatives regarding new rules for Artificial Intelligence. The three initiatives cover some of the most problematic topics concerning AI and aim to place the European Union as a global leader in AI development. The […]

Defined benefit consolidation: The rise of the pensions superfund?

By Suzanne Burrell The Pensions Regulator has published guidance for Trustees and Scheme Sponsors who are considering transferring a defined benefit pension scheme to a consolidated fund. The guidance sets out three gateway principles as well as more general guidance. Over the past 18 months to 2 years, there has been increased discussion of role […]

CEE legislation tracker: Slovakia

By Peter Devínsky, Tomáš Šilhánek Status as on 26/10 12am CET Banking & Finance, Capital Markets Financial Market Supervision 04/04: Supervisory proceedings conducted by the National Bank of Slovakia can be interrupted if the circumstances relating to the period of pandemic prevent the proper hearing and decision of the case. The National Bank of Slovakia may extend the […]


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Ashurst hires from Deloitte for consulting venture

Ashurst has launched a consulting business in its Australian offices, hiring a chief strategy officer from Deloitte to run one of the groups. Philip Hardy – who was chief strategy officer of Deloitte’s audit and assurance division – will run Ashurst’s risk advisory service, which will focus on how to manage risk and compliance issues […]

The virus, stress and lawyers

Law firm leaders have a lot on their minds as they battle business disruption caused by coronavirus. All will have finances on their mind, and all will be grappling with technological and IT issues. But for many, the most vital area of focus will be the well-being of their people. There have already been plenty […]

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