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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.


New Zealand laws

* New Zealand has liberalised its laws to make it easier for Australian lawyers to practice in New Zealand. The New Zealand government recently announced that Australian legal qualifications will be recognised provided that Australian lawyers have five years’ work experience in Australia following admission as legal practitioners.

Lawyers' fury over Brussels 'tax'

BRITISH law firms are protesting over proposals from the Brussels Bar to charge up to u400 per lawyer per office for registration on a list of foreign lawyers. “We have made it clear that we want it substantially reduced,” says Law Society head of international Hamish Adamson. The list is being drawn up by the […]

Concern over compulsory mediation

FAMILY lawyers fear proposals to offer mediation to couples involved in divorce may become compulsory by the back door. The proposals, which are to be published in a white paper, are part of a package scrapping ‘quickie’ divorces, removing the notion of ‘fault’ and ending lengthy court actions. The Lord Chancellor has not indicated he […]


The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) will be four years old this July. During that period, STEP has experienced phenomenal growth. With a membership fast approaching 2,500, STEP is the fastest-growing professional body known. What is the reason for this extraordinary level of interest? First, STEP crosses a number of professional barriers, covering […]

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