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Mishcon takes on Mayfair firm’s private client chief

Mishcon de Reya has brought in the head of a rival City firm’s private client practice, The Lawyer can reveal. Patrick Harney, who was until recently head of Forsters’ private client department, is set to join Mishcon’s tax team after 12 years at the London legal outfit. As part of his practice, he advises high net […]

More doom and gloom in the buy-to-let market

By Karl Anders, Owen Ormond, Zoe McLean-Wells The prediction of crisis within the buy-to-let market appears to be coming to fruition-we have seen the release of figures showing a 40% jump in the number of private landlords’ properties being repossessed by lenders in the third quarter of 2019. In April 2019 we reported on the […]


With a number of major law firms in Portugal moving offices in recent years, many have taken the opportunity to make their workspaces more environmentally friendly. The cries of ‘climate emergency’ are intensifying. And so the pressure is mounting on all organisations to ensure that they are doing as much as possible to ensure their […]

Africa active – Mozambique

By Guilherme Daniel, Luiza Savchenko Over the past 10 years, Mozambique has become one of the greatest drivers of global energy demand and fastest growing economies on the African continent, despite the recent debt crisis, fostering substantial investments from across the globe, mostly in the oil and gas sector and continuous improvement of the overall […]

Shareholder onslaught

Investors want more input on the way companies are governed, which has led to a rise in demand for corporate governance lawyers as clients deal with the challenges of ‘shareholder activism’. Investors are taking a much keener interest in the way companies are governed. As a result, demand for lawyers with expertise in corporate governance […]

Shared ownership reforms to allow thousands to buy their own home

By Vicki Abbott, Suman Dally Back in August the government pledged to reform the shared ownership model, and the proposed changes have now been confirmed. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed that the initial minimum stake for a shared ownership property will be reduced to 10%, giving thousands more people the potential to buy their […]

CIL amendment regulations – Monitoring costs

By David Mathias Recent CIL Amendment Regulations removed pooling restrictions and introduced Annual Infrastructure Statements as a successor to Regulation 123 Lists. The changes set out in amendment Regulation 10 have the effect of finally putting a local planning authority’s entitlement to claim costs associated with monitoring compliance with planning obligations on a statutory footing.

Sheffield – A city on the up

By Kellie Hatton This briefing discusses about the real estate market of Sheffield and it covers the following key takeaways in detail. Investment into the city is on the rise with a number of new developments coming up, including the Heart of the City II project, which is transforming the city centre into a contemporary […]

Reservation agreements to reduce failed conveyancing transactions

By Vicki Abbott, David Parton Following last year’s government consultation on conveyancing reform, recently published proposals by the government have confirmed its intention to introduce reservation agreements. What is a reservation agreement? A reservation agreement is an agreement between buyer and seller entered into at the offer stage of the transaction, and if either drops […]


Global Corporate 50: just two UK firms make it into the top ten by M&A revenues

A major new research report by The Lawyer has found that the top 50 M&A firms generate $32.15bn in total corporate revenue, with five firms generating over a billion dollars each in corporate turnover: Kirkland & Ellis, Skadden, Baker McKenzie, Latham & Watkins and Sidley Austin. All but Sidley also appear in the top five […]


Four firms join offshore renewable energy panel

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has selected four firms for its new procurement framework for legal services. DLA Piper, Burges Salmon, TLT and Shepherd & Wedderburn form ORE Catapult’s new legal procurement framework. Headquartered in Glasgow, ORE Catapult is a technology innovation and research centre for offshore renewable energy. Though it is not a […]

Turbocharging your privacy policies: Putting them into context

By Becky Gray In this article – the last in a series of three – we set out some more handy tips how you can make your privacy policies work for you and your customers. In our previous article, we looked at the report on the relatively simple techniques that any business can deploy to […]

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