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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.


Irwin Mitchell hands out Covid bonus but holds off on partner paybacks

Irwin Mitchell is paying a three per cent bonus to its staff this month, but has yet to confirm whether it will be reimbursing partners who volunteered for a 10 per cent pay cut last year. The bonus comes as the firm seeks to reward employees for their contribution during the pandemic, while also repaying […]

TLT's John Wood

TLT unveils multimillion-pound plan for flexible working

TLT is preparing to carry out a multimillion-pound investment programme as part of the firm’s long-term shift to flexible working. The programme will take place over two years and consist of various changes, including refitting parts of TLT’s six offices across the UK. Managing partner John Wood recently discussed plans with The Lawyer, during which […]


45 PAs to exit as Linklaters wraps voluntary redundancy process

Linklaters has concluded a voluntary redundancy programme for all of its London secretaries and PAs. 45 legal secretaries and PAs in both the practice and business teams in London have chosen to take up the opportunity of voluntary redundancy, the firm has said. A spokesperson for the firm said in a statement: “We are pleased […]

Dechert to make cuts after City secretarial review

Dechert has kicked off a voluntary redundancy scheme in its London office, as part of a wider restructuring of the secretarial function. The US firm is reviewing its secretarial support arm in the City and plans to turn the function into a hub model that will entail a set of specialist skills for its employees. […]

english courts

High Court clears City boutique of contempt

Keidan Harrison is no longer facing the threat of a contempt of court charge, with the High Court recently awarding the City boutique a favourable costs judgment. A ruling from Mr Justice Zacaroli confirmed that Keidan Harrison had not breached a worldwide freezing order, adding that the firm succeeded in a “case that gave rise […]

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