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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.


Freshfields rises to top of the pile as the most profitable law firm in the City

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is the City’s most profitable firm, beating both Slaughter and May and Linklaters on the net profit it earned last year. The firm’s net profit for 2005-06 is revealed as the highest in the market in The Lawyer UK 100 Annual Report 2006, published today (4 September). It stands at £433m, £58m […]


Mine yield

Avalon Solicitors’ profit this year hit the headlines as much for how it was made as how much was made. But a Law Society investigation into its dealings will not alter the firm’s growth strategy Andrew Nulty, the senior partner of Warrington-based ’class action’ boutique Avalon Solicitors, shows no signs of regretting telling The Lawyer […]

The poach approach

You can measure success in many ways, but for Pinsent Masons managing partner David Ryan there is a sure sign that his firm has turned the corner. Yes, Ryan jokes that the firm is becoming more successful because DLA Piper has apparently started trying to poach his partners. According to Ryan, “they never used to […]


Switzerland is looking to new fund legislation to put the country firmly on the map as a leading financial centre. By Eric Stupp A major remodelling of Swiss fund legislation is planned to come into force on 1 January 2007. The declared purposes of the new Act on Collective Capital Investments are: re-establishment of the […]

The work-life quiz Martin bartlam

What was your first-ever job?A gardener at Bradford College – think Desperate Housewives. Name: Martin Bartlam Firm: Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Position: London managing partner Lives: Hertfordshire Education: King’s College, University of London Work history: 1987: Trainee, Slaughter and May 1989: Qualified in London 1991: Qualified in Hong Kong 1993: Made an associate at Slaughter […]

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