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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.


Poorly Frawley gets Taylor Wessing blessing

Five points for anyone who correctly guesses the identity of this well-known lawyer: “Sorry, but I’ve got a massive hangover today. I was out with clients at 5pm yesterday when the news came through.” If you said Taylor Wessing’s current, and newly re-elected, managing partner Michael Frawley, you win. Yesterday the Kiwi wine buff may […]

Top UK firms embrace flexible working

More than three-quarters of the UK’s top 50 law firms have introduced flexible working, The Lawyer can exclusively reveal. Regional-based firm Mills & Reeves tops the table in terms of numbers of fee-earners taking up flexible working in the last year, according to a poll conducted by The Lawyer. Of the firm’s 407 fee-earners, 153 […]

Ashurst scoops Freshfields partner in new Frankfurt push

Ashurst has raided Freshfields in Frankfurt, scooping tax partner Matthias Kuhn as it continues to build its German operation. Kuhn will become the silver circle firm’s second tax partner in Germany and brings the total number of partners there to 19. Ashurst has been on an aggressive recruitment push under Germany managing partner Simon Beddow, […]

Scotland’s Law Soc president quits after four months

Brown & McRae partner John MacKinnon, who took over as president of the Law Society of Scotland in May, has stood down, effective immediately. MacKinnon said pressure of work at his Fraserburgh-based firm does not allow him to commit himself fully to the demands of the role. Current vice-president Richard Henderson has become president and […]

A marriage of convenience

The spurned half of a failed union finally finds happiness in the arms of a familiar friend with the help of a once-disaffected partner: it could be lifted straight from the pages of Jane Austen — or at least Heat magazine. The spurned half of a failed union finally finds happiness in the arms of […]

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