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CMS in Liverpool provides world-class real estate legal advice to a wide range of major UK-based and international investors, across the full range of real estate asset classes.

We have had an office in the city since 2018, making it our newest UK office. With 2 partners and approximately 12 other fee earners based in the city, our Liverpool team works with clients locally, nationally and internationally, leveraging the strength of the other national and international offices of CMS.

CMS has undertaken a COVID-19 risk assessment to ensure its workplaces and operations are COVID-secure. Affirmation of the completed assessment can be found here.


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By car

If you are travelling by car, please enter postcode L3 9QJ for directions to the office. There is limited street car parking close to the office, and NCP Liverpool Pall Mall Car Park is a two minute walk away.

By train

Liverpool Lime Street Station is located half a mile away from the office, and Moorfield Station is 150 metres from the office.

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CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Suite 8A1 The Plaza
100 Old Hall Street
L3 9QJ
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Di­git­al Mar­kets Act/ Di­git­al Mar­kets Unit: key im­plic­a­tions for busi­nesses
The EU has led the way with the in­tro­duc­tion of sec­tor-spe­cif­ic reg­u­la­tion to ad­dress com­pet­i­tion and wider is­sues with large on­line plat­forms des­ig­nated as "gate­keep­ers".  The EU Di­git­al Mar­kets Act...
The new EU For­eign Sub­sidy Re­gime
The EU’s For­eign Sub­sidy Reg­u­la­tion (FSR) will come in­to force on 12 Ju­ly 2023. It sets out im­port­ant new rules which en­able the European Com­mis­sion to re­view fin­an­cial con­tri­bu­tions by non-EU gov­ern­ments...
UK Sub­sidy Con­trol Re­gime / Sub­sidy con­trol
The new UK sub­sidy con­trol re­gime took full ef­fect on 4 Janu­ary 2023. Hav­ing been a com­mit­ment of the UK as part of post Brexit trad­ing ar­range­ments with the EU, the new re­gime now cov­ers all forms of...
Par­ent­al Re­spons­ib­il­ity: class ac­tions brought in Eng­land for activ­it­ies...
In today’s glob­al world, those im­pacted by a group’s over­seas op­er­a­tions are in­creas­ingly seek­ing to bring claims in Eng­land against the group par­ent or the com­pany at the head of the sup­ply chain...
Rates : How to avoid ex­pos­ure when a ten­ant enters ad­min­is­tra­tion
Over re­cent years, un­for­tu­nately, strug­gling ten­ants en­ter­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion is com­mon­place and with chal­len­ging eco­nom­ic times ahead, this is likely to con­tin­ue to be the case.A com­mon scen­ario when a ten­ant enters ad­min­is­tra­tion is for ad­min­is­trat­ors to at­tempt to sur­render the lease. Why? Ad­min­is­trat­ors, un­like li­quid­at­ors, don’t have the power to dis­claim a lease so un­less there is a break, the only route to bring li­ab­il­it­ies to an end is via sur­render. What does a sur­render mean for land­lords and rates li­ab­il­ity? Not only does a sur­render res­ult in the end of ten­ant’s li­ab­il­ity to the land­lord for rent, ser­vice charge etc but the ten­ant’s li­ab­il­ity to third parties such as util­ity pro­viders and rat­ing au­thor­it­ies.We all know that rates can form a sig­ni­fic­ant chunk of a ten­ant’s out­go­ings and, if a lease is sur­rendered, that li­ab­il­ity will fall to the land­lord un­less an in­com­ing ten­ant or oc­cu­pi­er can be found.If com­mer­cial prop­erty is un­oc­cu­pied then the land­lord will be re­spons­ible for pay­ing rates (sub­ject to any empty rates re­lief).Land­lords and their agents should ex­er­cise cau­tion to avoid a sur­render in­ad­vert­ently tak­ing place (it can be im­plied and does­n't need to be by way of a form­al deed).An im­plied sur­render can take place by cir­cum­stance. For ex­ample;An ad­min­is­trat­or is ap­poin­ted and simply sends keys to a land­lord or agent by post. The ac­cept­ance of those keys could amount to a sur­render of the lease.The ten­ant is in ad­min­is­tra­tion but the premises are empty, the land­lord wants to in­spect and re­market so de­cides to do so – without the con­sent of the ad­min­is­trat­or, this could res­ult in a sur­render be­ing im­plied.The good news is that an im­plied sur­render can be re­l­at­ively eas­ily avoided by tak­ing pro­tect­ive steps or us­ing pro­tect­ive word­ing when cor­res­pond­ing with the ten­ant or its ad­min­is­trat­ors. For more in­form­a­tion around ac­cess, read our see our re­cent art­icle on ac­cess­ing the premises in these situ­ations.  Rates mit­ig­a­tion schemes - What are they? There a num­ber of rates mit­ig­a­tion schemes used by land­lords.The most com­mon is for Land­lords to lease prop­erty to a third party typ­ic­ally for low or nom­in­al rent.That third party will then be in rate­able oc­cu­pa­tion of the prop­erty in ques­tion and the li­ab­il­ity will no longer fall to the land­lord. Rates Mit­ig­a­tion – A cau­tion­ary snail? There have been a num­ber of re­cent de­cisions in­volving rates mit­ig­a­tion schemes and which per­haps demon­strate a more ro­bust ap­proach be­ing taken by both rat­ing au­thor­it­ies and courts to the schemes.One of those cases is Isle In­vest­ments Lim­ited v. Leeds City Coun­cil, a 2021 de­cision in­volving a snail farm busi­ness in a Leeds of­fice build­ing. The court found in fa­vour of the rat­ing au­thor­ity that the lease was no more than a sham, that there was no in­ten­tion to com­ply with the lease ar­range­ments by either the land­lord or the ten­ant and that the land­lord was li­able for the rates. Factors that led to that de­cision in­cluded:the dir­ect­or of the land­lord com­pany ad­mit­ting that the ten­ant was not ex­pec­ted to oc­cupy;the of­fices were simply not suit­able for snail farm­ing and;no snail farm­ing (or any oc­cu­pa­tion) took place!It is im­port­ant to note that, as re­cog­nised by the court, en­ter­ing in­to a lease to avoid rates won’t auto­mat­ic­ally mean the ar­range­ment is a sham and li­ab­il­ity falls to the land­lord but if the true nature of the ar­range­ment doesn’t match with the lease then it could be set aside for rates li­ab­il­ity pur­poses.The facts in the Isle case are per­haps un­usu­al and re­l­at­ively rare but non­ethe­less it per­haps in­dic­ates a great­er read­i­ness on the part of rat­ing au­thor­it­ies to clamp down on sham ar­range­ments and is a use­ful re­mind­er to land­lords im­ple­ment­ing mit­ig­a­tion schemes that they should care­fully con­sider the ar­range­ments they are put­ting in place.
E-money and e-money ac­counts – a guide for lenders
The de­vel­op­ment of the fintech sec­tor over the last ten years has trans­formed pay­ment sys­tems with more in­di­vidu­als and busi­nesses mov­ing away from cash pay­ments to us­ing elec­tron­ic money (“e-money”)...
Fu­ture tur­moil in the ho­tels sec­tor
The travel in­dustry is no stranger to tur­moil. Hav­ing emerged phoenix-like from the ashes of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic, last year star­ted with a pent-up de­mand for glob­al travel, and room rates gen­er­ally...
Pre­pare your Fu­ture Fund loan con­ver­sion
Tim­ing, flex­ib­il­ity and ri­gid­ity are cru­cial    |   10 min read In early 2020, as the pan­dem­ic swept across the globe, tra­di­tion­al sources of UK start-up fund­ing quickly dried up. At this time the Fu­ture Fund was launched to provide peace of mind for start-up busi­nesses seek­ing fund­ing. The aim was to pre­vent a slow­down in growth and pro­mote con­tinu­ity of in­nov­at­ive start-ups, but was it a suc­cess? 
CMS ad­vises re:cap on ac­quis­i­tion of sol­ar and bat­tery pro­ject
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS has ad­vised re:cap glob­al in­vestors ag (re:cap) on the ac­quis­i­tion of Scurf Dyke Sol­ar Ltd, its latest in­vest­ment in the en­ergy trans­ition of the UK. Scurf Dyke Sol­ar is a 80MW...
European Pat­ent Of­fice News - Or­al pro­ceed­ings by video­con­fer­ence be­fore...
In the light of the de­vel­op­ments in the coronavir­us (COV­ID-19) pan­dem­ic, the EPO has an­nounced that the Boards of Ap­peal will lift meas­ures reg­u­lat­ing the ar­range­ment and con­duct of or­al pro­ceed­ings from...
European Pat­ent Of­fice News - EPO’s ap­peal sys­tem provides in­de­pend­ent...
The Second Sen­ate of the Fed­er­al Con­sti­tu­tion­al Court has re­jec­ted as in­ad­miss­ible sev­er­al con­sti­tu­tion­al ap­peals by which the ap­pel­lants chal­lenged de­cisions of the Tech­nic­al Boards of Ap­peal and the...
CMS ap­points new part­ner to In­sur­ance & Re­in­sur­ance Group
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS is pleased to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of Anna Walsh as a part­ner in the firm’s In­sur­ance and Re­in­sur­ance prac­tice in Lon­don. The Group spe­cial­ises in in­sur­ance and re­in­sur­ance...