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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.


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Stephenson Harwood develops pricing tool to help clients predict fees

Stephenson Harwood is the latest City firm to introduce its own in-house pricing tool based on internal data, joining Herbert Smith Freehills in calculating the estimated cost of legal work for clients. By using historic records, Stephenson Harwood is set to provide clients with data-informed estimates prior to them embarking on costly legal work. This […]

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The Lawyer Awards shortlist: Corporate Team of the Year

The award for Corporate Team of the Year, sponsored by Howden, features a diverse selection of deals. The shortlist includes public and private acquisitions, transatlantic deals, attempted hostile takeovers and restructurings, and involves clients across a range of industries. In a high-profile boardroom tussle, Clifford Chance advised Provident Financial on its successful 14-week defence against […]

The cultural crisis in law

As a former lawyer and HR professional in the legal sector, who now works as a mental health advocate and coach, helping both lawyers and law firms to create positive work environments and sustainable work practices that lead to peak performance, I am intimately acquainted with the challenges that remain in creating a mentally healthy […]

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