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The rule of six: Legal obligations on food and drink businesses in England

Whilst we have very quickly become familiar with the “rule of six”, regulations come in to force today placing a further legal obligation on businesses in England that serve food for consumption on the premises to ensure that, save for in limited exceptions, bookings of more than six people are not accepted.

Landlord’s remedies and COVID-19 – has the pendulum swung too far?

As another week draws to a close, in a time when every day seems to bring unexpected – and often unwelcome – news, the landlord community is reeling – albeit perhaps largely in a somewhat unsurprised and resigned fashion. This is due to the latest announcements from the government affecting the commercial landlord and tenant relationship.


Farrer & Co announces marriage with media firm Crockers Oswald

Niche media firm Crockers Oswald Hickson has been swallowed up by City firm Farrer & Co. The merger will create a 52-partner firm which will retain Farrers’ name and management team. The merged firm will have a six-partner media team headed by Farrers’ head of media Robert Clinton and Crockers’ senior partner Rupert Grey. Crockers […]

Destiny's child

Vanity can get the better of anybody, but it seems that The Lawyer’s former celebrity columnist and managing partner of Osborne Clarke Leslie Perrin is suffering a bigger bout than most. Now, if your memories can stretch back as far as March, you will be able to remember Tulkinghorn revealing that nestling on the floor […]

Xstrata / dresdner kleinwort

Allen & Overy (A&O) scooped this deal because the firm advised Société Générale last year on Xstrata’s first syndicated loan. Société Générale was one of the co-leaders with Dresdner on the transaction, as was Credit Suisse First Boston. Peter Schulz is handling an increasing amount of cross-border complex deal work for Dresdner through his relationship […]

Norton Rose regains US finance ace

Norton Rose has taken on an acquisition finance partner from Jones Day Reavis & Pogue in New York. Tom Speechley, who worked for Norton Rose’s acquisition finance group from 1992 to 1998, returned to the firm on 1 May following a three-year stint in the US. His experience is in US buyouts and in the […]

BLP in public sector push with R&M hire

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has made its first post-merger lateral partner hire with an appointment to its property department. Lesley-Anne Avis joins later this month from Rowe & Maw, where she is a fixed-share partner. She specialises in property development and local authority-related work and has worked on PFI transactions. Avis has been at Rowe […]

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