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Amendments to permitted development rights for new homes

On 1 August changes to the current permitted development regime will be introduced. These will assist in meeting housing demand, whilst ensuring that conversions to residential use provide adequate natural light.

The restructuring review 2020: Switzerland

In the latest issue of “The Restructuring Review”, Daniel Hayek and Mark Meili provide an overview of the special features of Swiss restructuring law, taking into account the latest legislative developments due to COVID-19.



Our planning system is in chaos – or at least there is a serious risk that it will be if the House of Lords upholds the High Court judgment in the Alconbury case when the Government’s appeal is heard next month. That is not good news when you consider that the property sector in the […]

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

NetIQ undertakes a stock-for-stock acquisition of WebTrends for $1bn (£683m). NetIQ advised by Davis Polk & Wardwell (William Kelly). WebTrends advised by Perkins Coie. Amarin Corporation acquires Ethyl EPA licence from Laxdale in a cash and paper deal worth $1m (£683,000). Amarin Corporation advised by Nicholson Graham & Jones (Owen Waft). Laxdale advised by Hobson […]

Shearmans forms joint venture with Stamford

Shearman & Sterling is upping its Asian profile by linking up with Singapore practice Stamford for a joint venture. Stamford is the firm that leading local lawyer Lee Suet Fern set up after she quit the Wong Partnership last year (The Lawyer, 18 December 2000). A licence is expected to be granted shortly. The Wall […]

Splashing out

The concept of using a sledgehammer to crack a nut is familiar to Manchester City Council. After all, why shouldn’t a local authority, funded by public money and central government grants, use Slaughter and May, one of the most expensive law firms in the country, to advise it on property and development matters? And where […]

Culling them softly

Eversheds’ David Ansbro has found that he has to balance compassion with sound business acumen in his still fresh role as managing partner. According to Eversheds’ website, its lawyers have a reputation for being unstuffy, down-to-earth, accessible people. So if a firm’s figurehead is chosen to reflect its character, David Ansbro, Eversheds’ managing partner, is […]

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