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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.


Hausfeld staff told they can work remotely until Easter 2021

After previously offering staff the chance to work remotely up to five days a week until 31 December 2020, Hausfeld has now formally extended its policy until mid-next year. Understood to be the first City firm to increase its timeframe until Easter 2021, the litigation specialist confirmed to The Lawyer that its offer of full-time remote […]

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City lawyer makes the cut in Covington promotions

Covington & Burling has kickstarted US promotions season, with one lawyer being given the nod in the firm’s London office. All but two of the promotions are in the US, with the other new European member based in Brussels. The firm has added partners across New York, Palo Alto and Washington DC. Jane Pinho made […]

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Weightmans brings back more furloughed employees as scheme nears end

Weightmans will have returned three-quarters of its employees from furlough at the beginning of October, as the deadline for the coronavirus job retention scheme approaches. The firm originally furloughed 137 fee-earners, including those on a rotation, and 189 non fee earners. Weightmans has since been gradually bringing back employees; in June, the firm returned 30 […]

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Ince to launch consulting venture in Abu Dhabi

The Ince Group is expanding its consulting business in the Middle East with the opening of a new office. The listed firm is debuting a consultancy in Abu Dhabi, complementing an existing legal outpost in Dubai. It marks the second consulting opening after a similar launch in Hamburg in 2016. Working alongside Ince’s partners, the […]

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