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Ground rent reform: fixing one problem and creating another?

The draft bill to implement the government’s ground rent changes finally reached the House of Lords in May 2021. This legislation had been long awaited and, largely, the provisions were as expected following the earlier consultations and government announcements and discussions.


Rumours of the Retail Price Index’s (RPI) death have been vastly exaggerated in the past. We were told back in 2013 that the Office for National Statistics was going to stop formally recognising the index as a national statistic, but it took a while for the industry to take note. We have all carried on using it in our indexed linked rent reviews since then.

ESG and the private investor

This recording of a recent virtual debate discusses the extent to which the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) credentials of a company or investment are considered when making investment decisions.


The six biggest moves at the Bar in June

Departures from Debevoise & Plimpton proved fruitful for some of the Bar’s magic circle last month, while 11KBW was also strengthened with a trio of arrivals from separate sets. Georgina Petrova, Brick Court Chambers Brick Court bolstered its band of commercial juniors last month with the arrival of Georgina Petrova, who joined the magic circle […]

Simpson Thacher

Simpson Thacher adds extra floor as City headcount rises

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is expanding its City office by adding another floor in its current premises, as new hires – both at partner and associate level – create a need for more space. The move takes the footprint occupied by the US firm in the Citypoint development at 1 Ropemaker St to six floors. […]

DWF’s profits shoot up as Knowles eyes further M&A

DWF’s turnover recorded a double-digit increase and skyrocketing profits in the first financial year under the leadership of Nigel Knowles. The listed firm’s revenue went up by 14 per cent to £338m from £297m. Gross profit also grew 21 per cent from £142m to £171.8m. The financials paint a rosier picture when compared to the […]

Goodwin takes extra space amid rising headcount

Goodwin Procter has signed up for a floor in a building opposite its London headquarters. It is the outcome of a search prompted by a stream of new recruits over the past year. The Lawyer previously reported that the US firm was looking for additional space to complement its existing base at 100 Cheapside, which […]

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