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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.


Bar Council examines beefed-up equality code

A NEW revised equality code for chambers was due to be discussed by the Bar Council on Saturday. The code has been considerably beefed up since it was first sent out to chambers throughout the country two years ago. In recent months a Bar Council implementation committee has been redrafting the code to take into […]

Dan Tench on the implementation of EU directives

Many lawyers must have struggled to understand the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993. Their confusion is not helped by the attitude the Government takes to implementing the EU directives. These regulations, which were passed to comply with an EU Council directive, contain numerous provisions which are difficult to interpret. For example, the regulations state […]

Don't miss extra commission

Linda Packard says law firms that avoid giving advice on Discrete Investment Business are ignoring on a prime opportunity Financial services can be a lucrative part of a legal practice. However, many firms have been disillusioned by the ever-increasing number of regulations and rules that apply to financial services advice and have shied away from […]

First firms fail franchise audit tests

TWO London franchise holders have been suspended by the Legal Aid Board after failing their first post-contract audits. Legal Aid Board chief executive Stephen Orchard says the firms now have three months to put things right or face the termination of their contracts. He says the suspensions will serve as a warning to other firms […]

Coleclough gets Simmons top tax post

Simmons & Simmons tax partner Stephen Coleclough gets the top departmental job as head of corporate tax following the departure of Edward Troup. Coleclough is also appointed chairman of the Chartered Institute of Taxation’s indirect taxes sub-committee. Coleclough, 33, has been with the firm since 1987 and a partner since 1991. He currently heads the […]

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