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Following a period of recent change for the worse in M&A (and PE exits) activity, due to political uncertainty and governance issues, can local strategy – combined with Africanising operations – and positive business sentiment improve the current state of affairs?

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An increasing number of businesses are choosing to return to the physical office, whether that be once or twice a week, or full time. Either way, it is vital that employers ensure that the work environment meets the strict health and safety standards necessary in order to avoid outbreaks of COVID-19 amongst staff members. This […]

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Our 2020 law firm survey, developed in association with The Lawyer, reveals many law firms were ill-prepared for the seismic shock from the coronavirus outbreak. The crisis has cast an uncomfortable light on firms with poor financial management or without the necessary technology infrastructure. The pandemic already appears to be widening the gap between law firms, with some now under real pressure.

Covid-19 Update – Coronavirus, domestic abuse and legal action

The difficulties with court listings and the inability to hold hearings in a normal fashion has now been underway for 6 months. The recent guidance set out in ‘The Road Ahead’ shows there is no likelihood of that changing in the near future. This means there has had to be a reconsideration of what delays are acceptable and what reasons are sufficient to delay final decisions being made for children.

The rule of six: Legal obligations on food and drink businesses in England

Whilst we have very quickly become familiar with the “rule of six”, regulations come in to force today placing a further legal obligation on businesses in England that serve food for consumption on the premises to ensure that, save for in limited exceptions, bookings of more than six people are not accepted.

Landlord’s remedies and COVID-19 – has the pendulum swung too far?

As another week draws to a close, in a time when every day seems to bring unexpected – and often unwelcome – news, the landlord community is reeling – albeit perhaps largely in a somewhat unsurprised and resigned fashion. This is due to the latest announcements from the government affecting the commercial landlord and tenant relationship.



Freshfields, Hogan Lovells and SJ Berwin act on Westfield shopping mall deal

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hogan Lovells and SJ Berwin won mandates on Westfield’s sale of its share of three non-core shopping centres to Hermes Real Estate, in which the property fund manager acquired Westfield’s half share in the £400m portfolio covering complexes in Belfast, Guildford and Tunbridge Wells. Hogan Lovells took the role acting for Hermes, […]


Talking shop: Leon Shelley, Westfield Shoppingtowns

As corporate counsel at retail centre operator Westfield Shoppingtowns, Leon Shelley remains optimistic about the sector’s future. Tom Phillips reports For those who worship shopping, Westfield in London’s Shepherd’s Bush is a cathedral. Opened in October last year, it is the largest shopping centre in Europe, home to some 49 acres of shops from luxury […]

Westfield UK legal chief quits ‘for new challenge’

Head of legal Polly Joseph has left Westfield Shoppingtowns after nearly six years as the chief lawyer for the UK operations of the retail property giant Westfield Group. Leon Shelley, a five year-PQE corporate lawyer, is now the company’s top in-house lawyer. It is unclear whether a direct replacement for Joseph will be sought. Joseph, […]

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Exclusive: Quinn sacks London partner after investigation into inappropriate conduct

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has dismissed partner Mark Hastings without compensation following an investigation into two allegations of inappropriate behaviour, The Lawyer can reveal. The allegations first surfaced in February with Mishcon de Reya partner Alison Levitt QC drafted in to conduct the firm’s internal investigation. Following the presentation of Levitt’s findings, Hastings was dismissed […]

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