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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.


A capital adventure

New and ongoing investments mean Abingworth’s sole in-house counsel makes good use of external advisers. By Husnara Begum Since Claire Wilkinson joined Abingworth Management in 2002 as the life sciences venture capital group’s first ever general counsel, the organisation has made eight new and 18 follow-on investments. Last year, Abingworth launched a brand new $350m […]

Bircham Dyson Bell reinvents itself as a PR firm

Bircham Dyson Bell is no longer just a law firm – it is also a public relations agency. Not content with developing a reputation for planning and parliamentary legal advice, the firm has taken the surprise decision to offer clients communications and public affairs advice. In a coup for the new service, Birchams has secured […]

Penningtons hires new immigration head

Penningtons has bolstered its immigration and property practices with the appointment of two new partners. Philip Barth, a specialist in immigration and nationality law, joins from Mishcon de Reya. He has been appointed as the new head of Penningtons’ immigration team. Commercial property specialist Jeremy Fieldhouse joins the property team from the London office of […]

The Barcodes’ dress code

Eversheds may not yet have found a way to break in to the very top echelons of law firm profitability, but it certainly knows how to lay on a good time. The firm kindly invited one or two of Tulkinghorn’s finest up to Newcastle to watch the city’s football team take on Fulham. Sadly, the […]

Midlands firms set for merger

West Midlands law firm Morton Fisher is to merge with Shropshire law firm to Gwynnes create a new combined entity, MFG Solicitors. The merger, which is subject to due diligence, is planned to take effect from 1 February. If given the go ahead, the new combined firm will include 10 offices across the region, with […]

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