Practice Areas

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 of Appeal rejects international law challenge to UK decisions on the Chagos Islands

The Court of Appeal (Sir Terence Etherton MR, Green and Dingemans LJJ) has today handed down judgment in conjoined appeals arising from the UK Government’s 2016 decisions: (i) not to support or permit resettlement of the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT); and (ii) to provide a support package of approximately £40m over 10 years for Chagossians in the communities in which they now live: R (Hoareau and Bancoult (No.5)) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2020] EWCA Civ 1010.

Cayman trusts: A toolbox for tough times

With trust assets becoming more unusual in nature, beneficiaries establishing careers and family homes across the globe, and the regulatory environment growing increasingly complex, the modern trustee can be faced with a wide range of issues to address and challenges to overcome.

London

Goodwin pulls off another team raid – this time from Sidley

Goodwin Procter has raided Sidley Austin by bringing in a five-strong team from its private equity group, including Christian Iwasko and Erik Dahl, months after the duo left its US rival. The hire comes after the duo resigned from Sidley Austin at the end of June, having moved over to the firm in 2016 from […]

Ashurst and CMS lead on sale of TripAdvisor’s Soho base

Ashurst and CMS have acted on Landsec’s £78m sale of 7 Soho Square to Hines. Covering 62,000 sq ft and the HQ of travel platform TripAdvisor, 7 Soho Square in London’s West End is one of only a handful of properties to have been put up for sale since lockdown began in March. Ashurst advised […]