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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.



Arnold & Porter to exit Germany after strategic review

Arnold & Porter is to close its Frankfurt office, four years after entering Germany via its merger with fellow US firm Kaye Scholer. The US firm will shut its Frankfurt outpost, which houses around nine partners and 16 lawyers in total. Arnold & Porter had acquired the office after it pulled off a $1bn merger […]


Fieldfisher is latest firm to kickstart consultation process

Fieldfisher is the latest firm to carry out a consultation process among its staff, following the likes of Watson Farley & Williams, DWF and Ince. The firm is understood to be cutting roles across its secretarial functions, though it is not clear how many positions will be affected. A spokesperson for the firm said in […]

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BCLP loses US data privacy trio to Greenberg

The chair of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP)’s global data privacy and security practice has joined Greenberg Traurig in the US, alongside a partner and an associate in his team. The duo includes Colorado-based partner David Zetoony, who will join Greenberg’s Denver office and Chicago-based partner Jena Valdetero, who will keep practising in the same […]

HSF eyes Supreme Court showdown in insurers’ test case

The UK’s landmark business interruption test case triggered by Covid-19 is potentially heading to the Supreme Court after parties from both sides submitted challenges before Monday’s deadline. Represented by Herbert Smith Freehills, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) confirmed that it has filed a ‘leapfrog’ application to the UK’s most senior court in relation to a […]

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