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By James Crayton, Gwendoline Davies To survive – even thrive – in uncertain times and in a challenging market, retailers need to be open-minded to opportunities for improving efficiency and targeting growth. One option that many high street names are choosing in the current market is the joint venture. Retail joint ventures – practical considerations […]

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By Deborah Sheldon The latest news and developments in retail mortgage lending and regulation. This month in summary: News Concerns over discrimination in the private rented sector Innovation in the private rental sector Housing Committee report calls for reform of leasehold in England and Wales Tax bills drive second charge lending surge Increase to FOS […]

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By Michael Ruck On 17 April 2019, the FCA issued its Business Plan for 2019/2020 which sets out the regulator’s key priorities for the coming 12 months. We’ve prepared a brief overview of the plan to give you a quick idea of how the changes will affect your firm in practice over the next year. […]

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City slicker lawyers turned out in force at Lord’s last week for the Aspire annual charity sports quiz dinner, and Tulkinghorn was happy to support the cause as a guest with Bircham Dyson Bell (Boogie Down). Team Boogie Down was expecting big things after setting the pace in the first round, but despite the best […]

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A former Simmons & Simmons lawyer is setting out to help vulnerable children in Pakistan and build up a network highlighting the value of pro bono work in the country. Mahnaz Malik, previously a litigation associate with Simmons in London, is coordinating the scheme with help from the Law Society. Named ‘Project Advocate’, the scheme […]

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