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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.



Bird & Bird pushes revenues up 4 per cent to £259m

Bird & Bird has posted a revenue rise of 4 per cent from £249m to £259m but has indicated that net profit will be down on the £47.5m reported at the 2012/13 year end. It comes after an expansive year at the firm, which has seen it push for growth in the Asia Pacific region. […]


Culture vs risk: How to run a law firm in challenging times

It’s a critical balance in the push for innovation and durability. In the run-up to our Awards, Law Firm of the Year contenders tell us their secrets of success In association with The management of private practice law firms has never been so dependent on economics, data and pricing. Yet away from the day job […]

Conyers advises HICKIES Corp on three rounds of financing

Conyers Dill & Pearman has provided British Virgin Islands (BVI) law advice to HICKIES Corp on three rounds of financing, including funding led by the venture arm of one of the global footwear brands.  HICKIES Corp is a Brooklyn-based footwear brand known for its elastic lacing system. The new financings will be put towards, inter alia, […]

Gateley member speaks at London Summit on Commercial Dispute Resolution in China

Gateley dispute resolution partner and experienced mediator Gerard Khoshnaw spoke at the recent London Summit on Commercial Dispute Resolution in China, which was held at Queen Mary University. Khoshnaw was among a select group of expert speakers invited to present. A range of issues were discussed surrounding legal developments in commercial dispute resolution that British and Chinese companies […]

No5 barrister represents family of woman who died after contracting norovirus

No5 Chambers barrister Jamie Gamble has represented the family of a woman who contracted norovirus and died after a stay in hospital for a bruised elbow. Christine Walker, 86, of Silverton, Devon, was admitted to Cheltenham General Hospital after a fall on 17 March last year. She contracted norovirus and died on 10 April. An […]

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