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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.



DLA bulks up Dubai arbitration group with Norton Rose hire

DLA Piper has hired a Norton Rose arbitration of counsel into its Dubai partnership Henry Quinlan, who was made of counsel at Norton Rose in May 2011, began at DLA Piper on 2 October. Quinlan has advised on a range of arbitrations in London, at the International Chamber of Commerce and at the International Centre […]


Opinion: Unfair dismissal claims

Three million people will lose the right to claim unfair dismissal if the government goes ahead with plans to double the qualifying period from one year to two.  George Osborne claims this will give employers an increased confidence to take people on “without immediately facing the prospect of tribunal hearings” [sic]and therefore help reduce unemployment.  But […]


Collyer Bristow ‘risks collapse’ over £50m liability dispute

Firm in bitter litigation with insurance broker Lockton Collyer Bristow is heading into mediation today (3 October) in a bid to stave off the financial meltdown it claims would ensue if it loses a courtroom battle with its insurance broker. The firm and two ex-partners are joint defendants in a separate case being brought by […]

Flower power

The High Court has been left to decide whether Marks & Spencer (M&S) infringed Interflora’s trademark after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the retailer could use the florist’s trademark as part of its keyword advertising on major search engines. Rather than bringing about some much needed clarity in the world of adwords, […]

Alex Payne, Nabarro

The most unusual Christmas present I’ve received from a colleague was a kitsch dolphin snow globe from Lanzarote. Name: Alex PayneFirm: NabarroPosition: Business development executiveLives: Sydenham I start work at 9.30 am If I could introduce one law I would ban talking loudly on mobile phones on public transport – I don’t want to hear […]

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