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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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Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Edge Ellison advised Williams de Broe, brokers to Future Integrated Telephony, on the telecoms firm’s placing and open offer to shareholders to raise £8.1m. Corporate partner Paul Cliff advised Williams de Broe, while Eversheds advised Future Integrated Telephony.

First in-house lawyer joins ERC Frankona

Reassurance specialist ERC Frankona has appointed its first in-house lawyer to oversee its newly consolidated company. John Titchener, a qualified barrister, joins the company from insurance broker Willis International where he worked for more than 10 years. Titchener says he was app-ointed because ERC Frankona is made up of a number of different companies which […]

Bird & Bird's merger with Orricks shelved

Merger talks between Bird & Bird and US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe have been abandoned after partnership objections on both sides. Partners at top IP/IT firm Bird & Bird were split on whether the merger would benefit the firm – with the IP experts understood to be against it. The firm’s corporate partner and […]

Powell Goldstein opens WTO office in Geneva

US firm Powell Goldstein Frazer & Murphy has opened an office in Geneva, home of the World Trade Organization. The Atlanta-based firm claims to have the world’s largest WTO practice. It also says it is the first US firm to open in Geneva to do only WTO work. The office, which opened last Monday, will […]

Answer clients' digital needs

Four of the IT challenges law firms are likely to face in the near future are addressed by Derek Southall. Derek Southall is head of strategic development at Wragge & Co. Technical advances are driving the legal profession from thinking about “staying competitive” towards a concern to “achieve competitive advantage”. Advances in IT are taking […]

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