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Podcast series #2 – The future of build-to-rent

Shoosmiths has produced another three-part podcast series on the BTR sector. In this podcast, the second in the series, real estate partner, Choisanne Man, speaks with John German, Managing Director of Residential Investment at Invesco Real Estate, on the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the build-to-rent market, from an investor/funder perspective.

Ireland Update – Use of Electronic Signatures on Regulatory Documents and Forms

In a statement published on 24 August 2020, the Central Bank of Ireland (the “Central Bank”) confirmed to regulated firms that its policy regarding the use of electronic signatures is that, in the absence of any specific legal provisions to the contrary, regulated firms may use electronic signatures in submitting regulatory documents and forms to […]

The rise of legal platforms and why they matter

In the past, I have spoken about the possibility of a tsunami of change within the legal industry. It is something I have been carefully watching for several years and things now seem to be rapidly accelerating.



Boots Properties, advised by Hammond Suddards, has exchanged agreements with Marks and Spencer, advised by SJ Berwin & Co, and BHS, advised by Field Fisher Waterhouse, to anchor the £50 million Priory Shopping Centre in Hastings.

Barnes urges curbs on fees

LEGAL SERVICES Ombudsman Michael Barnes has called for the introduction of a new solicitors’ fee at cost or below to curb soaring legal bills for private clients. He wants the rate to take effect after an action has overrun a time threshold which would be agreed at the opening of the action. The measure would […]

Litigation Discliplinary Tribunals 20/06/95

DEREK PETER WATMOUGH, 48, admitted 1971, practised as Watters & Watmough, St Helens, Merseyside, struck off and ordered to pay £4,583 costs. Allegations substantiated he practised without practising certificate, used client funds for own purposes and those of other clients, sought to mislead client about professional conduct of her matter, forged a letter purporting to […]

Nottingham offers joint US diploma

NOTTINGHAM Law School has announced plans to provide a post-graduate diploma in litigation and advocacy through its new Anglo-American partnership with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in the US. Described as a “powerful union of two outstanding institutions”, the venture launches NITA (UK), based at Nottingham’s Centre for Advanced Litigation. The sole provider of […]

Litigation Recent decisions 20/06/95

Disapplying time limit for a personal injury claim Christine Marie Crocker v British Coal Corporation (1995). (QBD Merthyr Tydfil District Registry (Mance J) 7/6/95). Summary: Whether the limitation period should be disapplied to a claim for personal injury sustained as a result of the Aberfan pit disaster in 1966. Plaintiff’s application under s.33 Limitation Act […]

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