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Sending in the bailiffs… no longer an option for landlords

On 15 September 2020, the government announced further measures to protect commercial tenants from recovery action by restricting the ability of landlords to recover unpaid rent by utilising the Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery process (“CRAR”).

What price do you put on the environment?

The pandemic has challenged a lot of the ways we do things, and large scale on-site catering has been subject to more change than most. For some, this has meant the logistical challenge of delivering meals to residents at a distance from a central kitchen, and alongside the physical distribution, this has brought about the need to procure packaging for hot meals.

SMAs – a phoenix from the flames of Covid-19?

One of the consequences of the slowdown in fundraising caused by the recent pandemic seems to have been an increase in the use of Separately Managed Accounts as investment vehicles.


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Bircham Dyson Bell applies for ABS licence after Pitmans merger

Ahead of further consolidation in the mid-market, Bircham Dyson Bell has confirmed a tie-up with Pitmans and revealed it intends to convert to an alternative business structure (ABS) post-merger. The two firms announced at the start of this month that they were in talks, claiming today that partners “voted overwhelmingly” in favour of a merger. The […]

Deloitte secures long-awaited ABS licence ahead of UK expansion

Deloitte has received its alternative business structure (ABS) licence, becoming the last of the Big Four to set up a legal arm in the UK. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) confirmed that it has granted Deloitte the right to operate as a multi-disciplinary practice. The licence came into effect on the 15 June. The new move will […]


Taylor Wessing wins top role on London’s “Tulip” tower

Taylor Wessing has been drafted in to advise on a new 1,000ft tall skyscraper in the heart of the City’s financial district, tenderly dubbed The Tulip. The firm is acting for J. Safra Group, which is owned by Brazilian billionaire banker Joseph Safra and whose London empire also includes the neighbouring Gherkin. The Lawyer understands that […]

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The speed read: Slaughters gets techy, Asia gets busy and the super-exam gets costly

News stories about legal education remain very well-read, yet despite this our conversations with lawyers across the City indicate many are still in the dark about the forthcoming changes to how solicitors qualify. Another chance to get up to speed presented itself this week, as the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) announced more details of how […]

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