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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.


Cadwalader will not keep any City NQs in spring

US firm Cadwalader Wikersham & Taft will not offer jobs to any of the trainee solicitors who are due to qualify into its London office next spring. Three trainees have been affected by the move, which it is understood has been blamed on market conditions and the rapid expansion of Cadwalader’s UK-based graduate recruitment programme. […]

A&O remains top adviser to HBOS

Allen & Overy (A&O) has cemented its relationship with HBOS, according to the latest Hemscott tables, which rank law firms by the number of FTSE100 clients on their books. The firm has been confirmed as main adviser to the bank, having worked on both its £4bn rights issue and its potential takeover by Lloyds TSB. […]

Switzerland Special Report: Crisis? What crisis?

As some European lawyers fret about where their next instruction is coming from, their Swiss colleagues are busy burning the midnight oil. Speak to many lawyers in Switzerland and you’ll be left wondering what all the fuss is about elsewhere. This small, wealthy and famously neutral country has plenty of lawyers doing plenty of work, […]

Seisler quits Europe job after Lovells poll defeat

Lovells Continental Europe head Harald Seisler has stepped down from the role after running an unsuccessful campaign to become firmwide managing partner. As first reported on () Seisler’s bid to secure the top job failed when Lovells voted in favour of the incumbent David Harris at its recent partnership conference. Harris will start his […]


RJW: Hiring?

It is refreshing to learn that while many firms are wielding the big redundancy axe, there are still firms that are trying to buck the trend and anticipate measured growth during the recession. Russell Jones & Walker is one of them. RJW had its own slump in 2002, when it made 40 redundancies and shut […]

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