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Ground rent reform: fixing one problem and creating another?

The draft bill to implement the government’s ground rent changes finally reached the House of Lords in May 2021. This legislation had been long awaited and, largely, the provisions were as expected following the earlier consultations and government announcements and discussions.


Rumours of the Retail Price Index’s (RPI) death have been vastly exaggerated in the past. We were told back in 2013 that the Office for National Statistics was going to stop formally recognising the index as a national statistic, but it took a while for the industry to take note. We have all carried on using it in our indexed linked rent reviews since then.

ESG and the private investor

This recording of a recent virtual debate discusses the extent to which the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) credentials of a company or investment are considered when making investment decisions.


Zoopla flotation ‘caught marginally offside’, says Eversheds’ Bruce Dear

Eversheds’ head of London real estate Bruce Dear has commented on the pricing of Zoopla’s flotation. He said: ‘It’s all about timing your run. Zoopla’s flotation has been caught marginally offside by the Bank of England flagging that the housing market must be dampened. ‘This explains their sensible “lower half” pricing. How Zoopla must wish […]

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Can the collaboration trend work in favour of the mid-size firm?

The Lawyer editor Catrin Griffiths speaks to leading figures from Clyde & Co, DWF, Macfarlanes, Mishcon, Pinsent Masons and Slater & Gordon about the growing appetite from in-house lawyers for collaborative working Sir Nigel Knowles’s opinion piece this week contrasted the consolidation in other industries with the relative fragmentation of the legal market. This won’t […]


Magic circle firms help B&M IPO take off

Despite Pfizer’s recent bid for Astra Zeneca ultimately falling flat, the pharma frenzy continues. Medical device and equipment maker Medtronic has just announced plans to acquire Irish rival Covidien for a whopping $42.9bn with a little help from advisers Wachtell Lipton, Arthur Cox, Cleary Gottlieb and A&L Goodbody. Companies looking to the float have seen […]

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