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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.


Foreign firms snap up Asian IPOs

It is no wonder local law firms are so aggrieved given the amount of headline grabbing IPO work farmed out to foreign firms within the region in recent weeks. First, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, led by Hong Kong partner Kay Ian Ng, and Sullivan & Cromwell scooped mandates to advise on the world’s biggest share listing […]

Encouraging diversity awareness

Setting up diversity training and awareness sessions for partners and staff was one of the first issues addressed by the inclusivity group at Herbert Smith following its formation in 2004. Our initial enthusiasm was tempered by a confusing array of external advice on the issue, ranging from ‘essential’ to ‘a waste of time’ and ‘a […]

Foreign firms face Bahrain licence fight

Baker & McKenzie , Norton Rose and Trowers & Hamlins have been embroiled in a licensing scandal in Bahrain following a revolt by the country’s domestic legal community. The Bahrain Bar Association (BBA) and numerous individual lawyers have launched a lawsuit against the country’s Ministry of Industry & Commerce, the Bahrain Monetary Agency and the […]

Human rights take a beating as Egyptian president flaunts law

Despite promises of reform, the rule of law in Egypt is far from guaranteed. President Hosni Mubarak continues to suppress political opposition as he has for many years, and his opponents face intimidation and arrest. However, recent demonstrations in support of two judges whose calls for judicial independence and corruption-free elections have angered the government […]

Five sets step up to offer free bankruptcy advice

A new pro bono scheme offering representation for people facing bankruptcy petitions is being launched this week by five barristers’ chambers. Maitland Chambers, Four New Square, XXIV Old Buildings, 3/4 South Square and 4 Stone Buildings are all involved in the pilot scheme, which will run in the Royal Courts of Justice for the next […]

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