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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.



Monzo loses second senior in-houser this year

Digital bank Monzo’s head of legal is leaving the company, months after the exit of its chief legal officer Dean Nash. James Sullivan is leaving the app after more than one year, having first joined in March 2019 to support the company’s expansion plans for the coming years. Sullivan will become chief legal officer at […]


Slaughters and Skadden lead on £6.8bn Asda takeover

Slaughter and May and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have taken the lead on the Issa brothers’ and TDR Capital’s landmark £6.8bn takeover of Asda. TDR Capital teamed up with billionaire petrol station tycoons Mohsin and Zuber Issa to seal the deal for the grocer, beating off bidders that included Apollo Global Management. It […]

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The Lawyer Awards: the 2020 shortlist

The Lawyer Awards is going virtual for 2020! The ceremony, in association with Travelers, will take place online on the afternoon of 3 November. Visit the awards website to register. Who is in the running for the coveted awards in 2020? The full shortlist is below… Barrister of the year Allison Clare, Red Lion Chambers […]

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DAC Beachcroft hires K&L Gates litigation partner

K&L Gates has lost its second partner in a month, this time to DAC Beachcroft. Litigation and arbitration partner Clarissa Coleman is leaving the London office of K&L Gates after almost four years. She was previously a litigation partner at Addleshaw Goddard for more than five years from 2011 to 2017. Within the complex commercial […]

DACB strikes at BLM again for insurance team hire

DAC Beachcroft has targeted BLM for an insurance team hire again, this time in Belfast. The firm has taken on five BLM insurance partners, made up of Peter Campbell, Fintan Canavan, Alison Cassidy, Paul MacAllister and Aine Tyrrell, nearly a year after striking at the firm in Scotland. DACB launched in Northern Ireland in July […]

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