Latest Briefings

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.

RIP RPI

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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White & Case US duo depart for A&O

Allen & Overy has made a double hire from White & Case in New York, as the firm continues to add partners to its leveraged finance group. Gordon Mak and Stanimir (Stan) Kostov join the magic circle firm’s New York office. Mak has been a partner in White & Case’s debt finance practice since 2018, […]

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In court this week: HSBC, Servier and SCOR

The sprawling dispute between the ECU Group and HSBC kicks off in the Commercial Court this week, with the bank seeking to defend itself from claims of market manipulation. Listed in The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases for 2021, it stems from initial claims of forex rigging issued by the investment manager back in 2016. It […]

Dentons on call for M&S in Colin the Caterpillar wrangle

Dentons is representing Marks & Spencer (M&S) in a High Court dispute with Aldi over its Colin the Caterpillar cake. An Intellectual Property claim was issued in the High Court on Monday, landing in the “passing off and trade marks” category. Dentons’ partner Anna Copeman been instructed by M&S, who is head of the firm’s […]

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HFW breaks £200m revenue barrier

Revenue at Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW) reached £200.2m for the first time last year, achieving this milestone after a 2.6 per cent increase in turnover from £195.2m. This was alongside a significant uptick in net profit which increased by 26 per cent to £59.7m from £47.3m and average profit per equity partner which rose by […]

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