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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.


The art of legal storytelling

Legal storytelling is the process of constructing scene-setting stories for the courtroom. Practised and taught widely in the US, it is largely ignored in the UK, to our detriment. That’s because stories win cases. Trial lawyers usually acknowledge the usefulness of stories: we say that a speech should tell a good story and we recognise […]

Mishcon lives by the fraud

Mishcon de Reya just can’t get enough of fraud. Last week it hired two partners and two assistants into Kas Nouroozi’s fraud and insolvency group. Since 2005 the group has doubled in size to nine partners and around 20 assistants. Do they know something we don’t? One of last week’s new partners, Masoud Zabeti, probably […]

Home alone

Now September’s here the piece and quiet of August, when not a hell of a lot is going on back at the office, seems a distant dream. But let’s spare a thought for those who were left behind. Some partners haven’t been sunning themselves in Barbados, but have been manning the phones and generally keeping […]

Goldie shocks

Herbert Smith senior partner David Gold is indubitably one of the best litigators in the City. But perhaps it is more than these credentials alone that swayed Shearman & Sterling partners Jo Rickard and Lois Moore to instruct him on their separate claims against their former home, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The Lawyer hears that Gold’s […]

Asda turns to Bircham to help drive expansion strategy

Supermarket giant Asda has handed Bircham Dyson Bell the mandate for the planning communications strategy for its nationwide store expansion strategy. The City firm’s public affairs team, which is part of its parliamentary, public law and planning practice, has taken on the work, led by partner and head of public affairs Jonathan Bracken. Bracken has […]

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