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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.


In brief: Chamber of Commerce role for partner

Rob Jonckheer, a partner at Manches & Co’s Oxford office, has been sworn in as president of the Oxford and District Chamber of Commerce. Jonckheer is a specialist in corporate finance and partnership law. He said: “The Oxford Chamber has approaching 700 members – many of them world leaders in their field. Together we have […]

The race for space

With demand for space at the Inns of Court continuing to outstrip supply, the search for hidden space within the Inns carries on apace. Chair of the Middle Temple Estates Committee David Eady QC, of 1 Brick Court, says: “We are always looking for ways of expanding the space available. Every time something comes up […]

No merit in raising limit

Re: “The big issue of small claims” (Viewpoint 27 August). Raising the small claims limit to £25,000 is not the way to increase access to justice, particularly if the Legal Aid Board persist in their present view that cases being dealt with by arbitration do not merit legal aid. Going to court, whether arbitration or […]

Bar clearing wins vots of confidence

The Bar’s new computerised clearing system for trainee barristers has been given the thumbs-up by barristers and candidates. Around 1,700 applications have been received to date and 85 per cent of chambers have joined the scheme. The Pupillage Applications Clearing House (PACH) is now processing its third tranche of applications, and has set a final […]

Focus on fax

Hexar, a supplier of network fax and messaging systems, is holding a “Future of the fax in the legal profession” seminar. The free event, aimed at telecommunication managers, IT managers and senior partners, will look at the impact of computer technology on fax systems. Speakers will include Mike Shore, telecommunications manager at Herbert Smith and […]

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