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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.



RBS pension row: a lesson learnt – but at what cost?

In its deliberations over Sir Fred Goodwin’s pension, the Government is slowly coming to terms with the realisation that a pension is for life, not just for Christmas. In general, pension legislation protects people’s rights to a pension they have already accrued, and restricts narrowly the circumstances in which they can be required to give […]

Work Life Quiz: Daniel Norris, Lovells

What was your first-ever job?Flipping burgers at a ­burger joint. The start of my vegetarian diet. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Having pointed out to me one afternoon that in my hungover state I’d come to work in halves of two different suits. I don’t know what was worse – that I hadn’t […]


From a cross to bear to a leap of faith – private equity’s second coming

Putting houses in order is becoming the mainstay of law firms’ private equity work, says Kian Ganz. It feels like a world away, but it’s not so long since private equity was a major driver of many firms’ corporate revenues. With the dearth of credit and the global downturn, private equity practices have largely turned […]


Freshfields, Herbies on Wolseley’s £1bn rights issue

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Herbert Smith have been called in to advise on building supplies company Wolseley’s upcoming £1bn rights issue. In the latest of a glut of cash calls by listed companies, Freshfields head of corporate Mark Rawlinson is understood to be advising Wolseley while Herbert Smith is understood to have been instructed by […]

Stanford receiver calls on Camerons

CMS Cameron McKenna is advising the receivers of two Antiguan companies owned by Texan billionaire Allen Stanford. The Financial Services ­Regulatory Commission of Antigua and Barbuda called in Vantis client partners Nigel Hamilton-Smith and Peter Wastell as joint receivers of Stanford International Bank and Stanford Trust Company last week. Vantis has appointed Camerons banking partner […]

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