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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.


Abby Ewen: Simmons & Simmons    

What’s the most boring thing you’ve been asked to do in your job?  In a previous firm I had to search through pages and pages of website activity in an attempt to spot anything ‘inappropriate’.  I didn’t. Name:     Abby Ewen         Firm:     Simmons & Simmons Position:   Director of business transformation Lives:   Essex What time do you start […]

Revenues flow back

Despite poor M&A results in 2010 Dutch lawyers believe private equity and refinancing will keep them afloat, says James Swift  Things looked bleak for a while in Holland. After a dizzying 2007 when, according to figures from Thomson Reuters, there were around 618 M&A deals totalling more than $210bn (£132.8bn) – a hefty chunk […]

GCHQ legal chief leaves for partnership at BCL Burton Copeland

Lincoln’s Inn firm BCL Burton Copeland has hired GCHQ’s director of legal affairs Michael Drury. Drury joins the firm as a partner after more than 14 years with the government intelligence agency, where he was the first full time legal advisor. At GCHQ Drury took control of all legal issues relating to government interception and […]

A question of Chance

Next week we’ll publish our third annual global litigation report. As you read this we’re still putting the finishing touches to the ranking of the world’s leading firms by litigation turnover. Which means we can’t yet tell you the name of the firm in first place, or how many UK firms made the US-dominated list […]

Quality (not just high) Street

Time was when the upper end of the foodie market would turn its epicurean nose up at the spinal-fluid-in-a-bap offerings of the fast-food franchises next door to Poundland. But, as Biggie Smalls once so eloquently put it, things done changed. Now, in these recession-hit times there are queues round the block for Ronald Mac’s easy […]

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