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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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Meet the thorn in Blair's red rose

Profile: Robert Marshall-andrews QC. IT is difficult to describe MP Robert Marshall-Andrews QC except, perhaps, as a brilliant maverick. Elizabeth Davidson talks to Robert Marshall-Andrews, the silk-turned-backbench MP renowned for challenging New Labour’s legal policies and style of government. He is the man about whom the Lord Chancellor’s number two, Geoff Hoon, joked within six […]

Practices need IT

Bibi Berki examines a new solution to help high street firms get to grips with IT. Bibi Berki is a freelance journalist. Whichever way you look at it, the Law Society’s recent IT record is not one to be proud of. Its own much-heralded system Regis was labelled a “complete disaster” as much by those […]

Pro bono work can repair the profession's tarnished image

Peta Sweet argues that the time has come for solicitors to confound their critics by proving their commitment to ethical obligations. So it has been yet another bad week for the profession’s image. This time, following news of the £400,000 legal bill presented to John Major in his role as guardian to princes Harry and […]

Reforms still require careful consideration

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine has listened to advice on his legal aid proposals and delayed the process significantly. The result is a consultation paper which is considerably fairer than the Lord Chancellor’s original proposals. Nonetheless, there remains a number of considerable problems with the proposals. There is likely to be unmet legal need in […]

Property

Paisner & Co. acted for BL Universal on its £37.5m purchase of a leasehold interest in 133 Houndsditch, London, from Chesterfield Properties, represented by Nabarro Nathanson.

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