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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.

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Harbottles ditches all-equity partnership

London media and entertainment specialist Harbottle & Lewis has dismantled its all-equity partnership to allow for the introduction of fixed-share partners for the first time. The move is a radical departure for Harbottles. The 22-partner firm has operated an all-equity partnership with a straight seven-year lockstep until now. Over the summer, however, partners voted to […]

Kirkpatrick-Salans merger talks collapse

Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham has signalled the extent of its global ambitions by making a merger bid for Salans, but four months of discussions collapsed in August. Kirkpatrick is now seeking new opportunities in Continental Europe, Asia and the US West Coast. Peter Kalis, the chairman and managing partner of Kirkpatrick, said his firm […]

A&O ramps up New York with litigation hire

Allen & Overy (A&O) has bolstered its US litigation practice with the hire of securities litigation specialist Robert Knuts. Knuts joins A&O from East Coast firm Day Berry & Howard, where he was a partner in the firm’s New York office. He previously worked as senior trial counsel in the New York office of the […]

Civil proceedings

The completion of the Manchester Civil Justice Centre is eagerly awaited and will put an end to a lacking regional court infrastructure. By Lesley Anderson QC There seems to be no end to the reconstruction and regeneration of Manchester that followed the IRA bombing in June 1996. Visitors cannot fail to admire the audacity of […]

Osborne Clarke scoops second Nomura litigation mandate

Osborne Clarke has scooped its second high-profile instruction from Nomura in as many weeks with the mandate to advise the Japanese bank on the latest employment claim it faces. The bank faces an unfair dismissal claim brought by Stefano Ghersi, previously head of debt capital markets at Nomura. Ghersi is also claiming breach of his […]

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