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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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Law Lords protect legal advice privilege

The issue of legal privilege was in the spotlight again last week as the House of Lords overturned a Court of Appeal decision to make public documents connected to the BCCI case. The House of Lords overturned the appeal last Thursday (29 July), ending uncertainty over the meaning of legal advice privilege. The reasoned judgment […]

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FCO fights child abduction with human rights overhaul

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has extended an existing panel on human rights to include child abduction cases. Members of the panel, made up of three solicitors and three barristers with family law expertise, will work on a pro bono basis when required to help UK nationals involved in child abduction cases. Those appointed […]

Lawrence Graham follows trend with switch to limited-liability partnership

Lawrence Graham has become the latest firm to plump for limited-liability partnership (LLP) status after undergoing a conversion yesterday (1 August). LLP status will cover all of Lawrence Graham’s operations bar Monaco, which is being run as a separate unlimited-liability business. However, Lawrence Graham finance director Simon Brown explained that although the Monaco-based partners were not […]

White & Case Italy targets Morano for rebuilding plan

White & Case is attempting to reinvigorate its Italian operation by taking on the name partner of Milan independent Morano e Associati. The US firm is in advanced talks with Alberto Morano, a private equity and acquisition finance specialist and managing partner of the Milan-based boutique. While no deal has yet been finalised, it is […]

A&O enters fray for Hbos on potential Abbey bid

Allen & Overy (A&O) has scooped a role on the anticipated battle for UK mortgage bank Abbey National The magic circle firm has won an instruction from Halifax Bank of Scotland (HboS) which is believed to be considering a counter bid for Abbey, a longstanding client of Slaughter and May. Last week Abbey agreed to […]

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