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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.


Court Clarkson

You get what you pay for

Sales people are a diverse lot; some are deeply averse to being labelled with the term ‘sales’ and others revel in living up to the associated stereotypes. From partners in law firms to field-based sales teams for IT companies, what they have in common is a business that’s dependent upon them to generate revenue. In […]

Colder winds

Many firms are still feeling the effects of the recession. Profit per equity partner (PEP) – that disputed guide to law firm health – has been on the slide in a number of law firms. Whether it’s an erosion of market share or hefty capital expenditure, margins are under attack. Profitability plummets at growing number […]

Geert Glas

What’s in a domain name?

Protecting IP on the web is about to get even trickier, but luckily a new system is available to help This year the internet will undergo one of its biggest changes to date, when hundreds of generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) appear in the online space. Soon, we will move beyond the small world of .com […]


Reed Smith wins High Court battle for Rihanna against Topshop

High street retailer Topshop has lost a High Court battle with international pop star Rihanna. Rihanna, whose real name is Robyn Fenty, instructed Reed Smith to launch the claim after the retailer sold T-shirts bearing her image without permission. Reed Smith partner Michael Skrein instructed 8 New Square’s Martin Howe QC to lead the claim. […]

DECC reaches for a bigger carrot to boost renewable heat initiative

The UK remains proactive in the renewables sector illustrating a significant determination to meet the renewables targets. The UK government’s renewable energy strategy seeks to cut emissions by 80 per cent for 2050 and generate 15 per cent of the UK’s energy from renewable sources by 2020. Consequently, renewable heat energy has consistently received a […]

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