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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.


Hammonds advises on Christchurch purchase

Hammonds has advised private equity buy-and-build specialist Sovereign Capital on its acquisition of brain injury care specialist Christchurch Court. Sovereign Capital, which has been supported by Christchuch’s management in the takeover, was advised by Hammonds partner Jonathan Jones, who led a team that included senior associate Jayne Aarons, ­corporate associate Joy ­Irving and banking ­associate Andrew Fordham. […]

GCHQ legal chief leaves for partnership at BCL Burton Copeland

Lincoln’s Inn firm BCL Burton Copeland has hired GCHQ’s director of legal affairs Michael Drury. Drury joins the firm as a partner after more than 14 years with the government intelligence agency, where he was the first full time legal advisor. At GCHQ Drury took control of all legal issues relating to government interception and […]

LSA anxiety prompts West Country merger

West Country firm Porter Dodson has merged with Yeovil-based Batt Sanders & Bennett. Porter Dodson partner Rob Fox said the prospect of deregulation through the implementation of the Legal Services Act has put pressure on smaller firms to add critical mass. “For smaller firms deregulation’s a big issue,” Fox said. “It could mean problems with […]

Addleshaws’ former litigation chief to leave at end of month

Addleshaw Goddard’s former litigation chief Simon Twigden is set to leave the firm at the end of the month, taking partners Pietro Marino and Michael Green with him. Twigden and Marino announced in April that they were quitting the firm after announcing plans to set up a claimant boutique (23 April 2010). The move came […]


Withers to launch Hong Kong law practice with hire of family team

Withers has expanded its Hong Kong offering with the addition of an international family team led by partner Sharon Ser. Ser joins the firm after more than 20 years as a partner with Hong Kong-based Hampton Winter and Glynn. She brings a team that includes associates Rita Ku, Deanna Tam, and Jacqueline Mak, will join […]

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