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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.


David Scott

Former Freshfields partner joins FCA as interim GC

The FCA has rejigged its in-house legal group, with roles going to two former members of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s disputes team. The institutional body has appointed David Scott as interim GC, replacing incumbent Sean Martin. Scott retired from the firm in October 2020. At Freshfields, where he spent his entire career, Scott specialised in High […]

The seven biggest moves at the Bar in September

After a quiet August, last month saw chambers embark on a hiring spree as they kicked back into gear ahead of the new judicial term. Here are the seven biggest moves at the Bar in September. Jesse Nicholls and Sarah Sackman, Matrix Chambers Matrix announced it boosted its public law offering with two new juniors: […]

Latham and Freshfields lead as Darktrace gears up for IPO

Latham & Watkins and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are acting as cybersecurity start-up Darktrace confirms plans to go public. The Latham team for Darktrace is led by capital markets partner James Inness, with co-chair of the London corporate department Robbie McLaren and partners Josh Kiernan, Shing Yuin Lo and associate Koushik Prasad. Lo, a member of The […]

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Mishcon strikes merger deal with UK200 firm

Mishcon de Reya has struck a deal to create a newly-merged entity with Taylor Vinters, just over a week after the firm’s partnership voted through its IPO proposals. This new business will offer legal and consultancy services, with MDR Taylor Vinters set to be led by the Taylor Vinters management team. Following the deal, Mishcon’s […]

My Pride Story: “Out, but not out out”

It’s a strange phenomenon when people talk about pride and coming out. Each person has their own personal and unique story to tell. Getting on in years, as junior lawyers keep reminding me, and as a 49-year-old I have been recalling my pride journey, reminiscing if you like. I had always thought that I exuded […]

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