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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.


Hutchison 3G wins IP dispute with O2

Lewis Silkin has won a High Court victory on behalf of Hutchison 3G over the use of bubbles to advertise mobile phone networks. Partner Giles Crown acted for the company, which runs the 3 network, in its dispute with rival O2. O2 claimed that Hutchison’s use of bubble imagery in a television advertisement infringed its […]

Ferring counsel departs due to Swiss role

The long-serving general counsel of privately owned company Ferring Pharmaceutical has quit after the company relocated from Copenhagen to Wallisellen, Switzerland. General counsel Patricia Barclay decided not to move with the company headquarters, which could leave Ferring without a general counsel for much of the year. She has been general counsel since 1984. Ferring has […]

Simmons targets banks, energy in litigation drive

Simmons & Simmons partners have given the go-ahead to a major push on its international dispute resolution practice in a bid to attract big-hitting clients from the banking and energy sectors. The global partnership-endorsed objectives also include significantly expanding its offices in Germany and Spain during the next year and exceeding a profit per equity […]

Weil and White & Case bag Investec CDO roles

Weil Gotshal & Manges and White & Case have secured roles on Investec’s first collateralised debt obligation (CDO) as the financial services group launches an assault on the market. Investec priced its debut cash collateralised loan obligation (CLO) earlier this month. It issued E300m (£206.9m) of new notes backed by high-yield loans from its own […]

International Report: Racine

French independent Racine has grown in leaps and bounds in the quarter of a century since its establishment. The firm was founded in 1981, turning over Ffr221,000 (the equivalent of e34,000 (£23,390)). Since then it has grown by 27 per cent each year on average, bringing in €12m (£8.3m) for 2005. Current managing partner Bruno […]

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