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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.

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The Guardian’s in-house legal team went straight to Doughty Street last night to fend off the Attorney-General’s threat to gag the newspaper’s story on cash for honours affair. Lawyer Nuala Cosgrove, soon to be The Guardian’s director of editorial legal services, and Andrew Nicol QC of Doughty Street successfully resisted Lord Goldsmith’s attempt to prevent […]

BLG toasts Di and Dodi inquest win

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert with niche law firm Stephenson Benson & Co won a high court ruling that the inquests into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi al Fayed should be heard by a jury. In an earlier ruling, Lady Butler-Sloss said only a coroner could give the “careful and fully reasoned decision” the […]

CAAT secures key High Court ruling against BAE and Government

The High Court last week ordered BAE Systems to produce a sworn affidavit divulging how the aerospace giant obtained a confidential and legally privileged document belonging to pressure group Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT). As first reported on www.thelawyer.com (25 January), the documents were leaked to BAE ahead of a court battle that pitched […]

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Southampton-based Eric Robinson Solicitors has appointed its first environment officer. Nigel Riches, a solicitor in the firm’s wills and probate team, will investigate the ways its five branches can be more eco-friendly.

Charity firm opens in Cambridge

Charity specialist Stone King has opened an office in Cambridge to focus on providing advice to Cambridge colleges, schools and East Anglia charities. Senior Partner and head of the firm’s Charity & Education Team, Michael King said: “We recognise that the Cambridge Colleges will eventually have to register as charities with the Charity Commission, and […]

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