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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.


Mediations double as reforms bite

NEW FIGURES released by the Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR) show that the number of mediations it has dealt with has doubled since Lord Woolf’s reforms. Between April and June this year, the organisation dealt with 80 mediations, a 100 per cent increase on the same period last year. The number of lawyers training in […]

The law belongs to lawyers

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 970 4640, e-mail, DX44700 Soho Square. In last week’s letters column Brian Marson urges us not to be frightened of MDPs. They are “not some two headed monster”, he assures us, in fact, he argues, we should embrace them as […]

Law Soc chief quits over 'witch-hunt'

The chairman of the Law Society’s Compliance and Supervision Committee has resigned his chair and council seat following the suspension of Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (OSS) boss Peter Ross. Sources say Howard Hardy was “disgusted” at the “witch-hunt” of Ross and his team and felt compelled to stand down both from the committee, […]

Case of the week

The Bruce Grobbelaar libel trial ended at the High Court with the former Liverpool goalie vindicated. The Sun newspaper, now liable to pay Grobbelaar u85,000 damages and u400,000 legal costs, is appealing the decision. The Sun, represented at the trial by George Carman QC, had claimed Grobbelaar accepted u40,000 to fix a match between Liverpool […]

Will risk reforms need lawyers' help?

Charles Mayo, partner, Simmons & Simmons Richard Barham, partner, Wilde Sapte Nick Davies, head of c & c, Orchard UK-listed businesses must prepare for new proposals by the Turnbull Committee which threaten to turn their methods of reporting internal controls upside down. Companies must take a risk-based management approach to all threats to the company […]

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