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A guide to preferences

By Simon Bonney A closer look at preferential transactions and creditors

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.


A year ago this week

Brobeck Hale and Dorr sparks US assault on regional law firms US firm Brobeck Hale and Dorr took three top partners from Morgan Cole to set up an Oxford office. Corporate partners Joe Pillman, Jonathan Loake and Kate Eavis, the mainstay of Morgan Cole’s Thames Valley corporate practice, left to join the first US firm […]

Get a life

Tulkinghorn would like to thank Jean Marc Lamontagne-De-Freiz (crazy name, crazy guy) of Field Fisher Waterhouse for his comments on The Lawyer’s lifestyle survey. It seems that Lamontagne-De-Freiz takes issue with the fact that the findings were announced at an evening seminar in London on 6 April, presented by Allen & Overy, in conjunction with […]

Stibbe splits from Paris office after Latham talks

Paris pushed before it can jump; Latham & Watkins interested in only French, German and UK offices European law firm Stibbe is splitting following talks between the firm’s Paris office and US law firm Latham & Watkins. Partners in Amsterdam, Brussels, London and New York claim they are causing the split because of a disagreement […]


Guernsey has just become one of the first jurisdictions to enact regulatory legislation for fiduciary business with the draft Regulation of Fiduciaries, Administration Businesses and Company Directors (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law 2001, which came into force on 1 April. The principal object is to procure the supervision and licensing by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission […]

Shearmans new head promises European push

New York firm Shearman & Sterling has elected M&A partner David Heleniak as its new senior partner, as predicted in The Lawyer (2 April). Heleniak was nominated to succeed current senior partner Stephen Volk by the firm’s policy committee, and was unopposed in a firmwide election. He says that under his leadership, globalisation will continue […]

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