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Canadian biogas: advancements and opportunities

Human beings inherently produce waste and this reality is an opportunity to create value from what would otherwise be an uncomfortable byproduct of our civilization, particularly as our nation aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 (or sooner).

Tall stories: forms, laws and retribution

Whether you are a property professional or otherwise, you would have had to have lived in a hole to have missed the EWS1 saga. In the four years following the tragic Grenfell disaster, the industry and the Government have been grappling with how to deal with a generation of potentially defective tall buildings.

Managing sickness absence

Managing sickness absence can be tricky, costly and time-consuming for businesses. As the majority of the workforce starts to return to the workplace, the Covid-19 pandemic will throw up new challenges for employers to grapple with when it comes to managing absences. In this webinar, partner Jane Fielding and principal associate Emma Bufton cover how businesses can best equip themselves for these new challenges and tips on managing short and long-term absences with a particular focus on Covid-19-related absences.

The search for yield

The annual inflation rate in the UK jumped to 3% in August 2021, the highest since March 2012, with the Office of National Statistics predicting it to hit 4% by the end of the quarter. As we re-emerge blinking into the sun in a post-pandemic world which has suffered sustained economic and wider market volatility, we ask the question: where should the UK investor turn in their search for yield?


Forsters real estate

Forsters lures 10-lawyer real estate team from Orrick

A ten-lawyer real estate team, led by partner Anne O’Neill, is to leave Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s London office for West End firm Forsters. O’Neill joined Orrick in 2005 from the now-dissolved Coudert Brothers, and was one of eight of its London partners to move in one go. She led Orrick’s UK real estate practice […]


Freshfields and Kirkland in action as Debenhams lines up administrators

Department store Debenhams has revealed its intention to appoint administrators, with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Kirkland & Ellis among the firms acting on the lengthy restructuring process. The department store filed a notice of intent to appoint administrators early this morning, with FRP Advisory working on matters related to an administration. Freshfields has been acting […]

Stephenson Harwood signs up for more space in London HQ

While firms such as Linklaters and Cooley have spent the last few years scouring the City for new homes, Stephenson Harwood has decided to stay put, instead taking additional space in its HQ. Stephenson Harwood has expanded its Finsbury Circus home and extended the lease, so will now remain there until 2030. The firm has […]


Cuts expected as Sainsbury’s panel process gets underway

Sainsbury’s is kickstarting a review of its £10m-a-year legal panel and is likely to axe  the number of external firms it uses. “We’ve got an insanely competitive retail market at the moment and a lot of retailers are under a lot of pressure – and we’re no different,” said legal services director Nick Grant. “It’s […]

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