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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.



Brown Rudnick loses fourth partner in three months

Brown Rudnick’s head of international arbitration has become the fourth partner to leave the London office in the past few months. Arbitration lawyer Nick Tse is the partner exiting, with several other members having already left the US outfit’s London office in August. These include restructuring partners Ben Klinger and Henry Kikoyo, and Ravinder Thukral […]

EY Law sets out post-pandemic strategic expansion plan

The leadership of EY Law is in the midst of developing a strategy for the next three years, which will be largely inspired by changes brought about by the pandemic. Philip Goodstone, EY’s head of law for the UK and Ireland, has been working on the exercise alongside other firm leadership members. The firm will […]

Taylor Wessing targets Eversheds again for corporate tech lateral hire

Taylor Wessing has hired a second partner from Eversheds Sutherland, this time to add firepower to its corporate technology ranks. The firm has taken on partner Ian Moore, who will work with the firm’s corporate technology and private equity teams. He advises on M&A work spanning acquisitions, disposals and equity as well as debt financings in the […]

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Baker Botts exits mainland China with Beijing closure

Houston-headquartered Baker Botts is the latest to pull out of mainland China as the firm plans to close its Beijing office by December this year. Baker Botts leaves China’s capital city after 13 years. The firm opened its second Asia base in Beijing in 2007, when it highlighted the importance of Beijing in Chinese decision-making […]

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UK Litigation 50: The biggest disputes practice is…

The biggest disputes practice in the UK posted revenues of over £200m in 2019/20, according to research conducted by The Lawyer for the UK Litigation 50 report. The nation’s largest litigation firm for the second year running is Clyde & Co. The report, which measures revenues, market share, court activity and barrister instructions, reveals that Clyde & Co’s […]

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