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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.



Kobe Steel and its subsidiary Kobelco Construction Machinery sets up global alliance with CNH Global. Kobe Steel advised by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Andrew Curran). CNH Global advised in-house. Dow UK, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company, makes £305m cash offer for speciality chemicals supplier Ascot. Dow UK advised by Eversheds (George […]

Berrymans prepares for South West merger with Cartwrights

Insurance firm Berrymans Lace Mawer is set to merge with Bristol-based firm Cartwrights. The move, which will give Berrymans offices in both Bristol and Cardiff, will consolidate the firm’s relationship with insurance giant Axa Insurance. Cartwrights is a longstanding Axa-panel firm and Berrymans is currently back on the panel following a brief suspension for failing […]

Book Review

E-business to the Power of 12 by Thomas Power, published by Pearson Education (ISBN 0273650211) It is somewhat ironic that Pearson and its flagship site have just begun the long and painful process of retrenching. After Pearson’s last set of results, the company announced it was halving its internet investment, and more recently […]

Simmons boosts Barclays link with ShopSmart acquisition

Simmons & Simmons is advising IndigoSquare, the joint venture between Barclays and Nomura International, on its acquisition of IndigoSquare is an online shopping portal; the ShopSmart website allows customers to compare prices of products and services that are available on the internet. IndigoSquare has already received agreement to accept the offer from the ShopSmart […]

Minter Ellison rejigs for global expansion

Australian firm Minter Ellison is reorganising its management for a massive expansion drive. Robert Hanley, currently one of two partners in the London office, is moving back to Australia after nearly four years to spearhead the firm’s international drive. The firm has also just expanded its Sydney banking practice with two senior partners from Mallesons […]

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