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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.


Australian lawyer beats off contempt ruling

Solicitor, Simon Harry Parsons, was charged with contempt after another solicitor reported him for accusing Justice Barry Beach of “having his hand on his dick”. The comments were made when Parsons was served with an injunction, preventing him bulldozing on the disputed boundary of his Gippsland property. Justice Philip Cummins, who presided in the contempt […]

Ernst & Young opens Washington office

The new firm – McKee Nelson Ernst & Young – is backed by a loan from Ernst & Young and will be housed in the accountants’ Washington DC offices. The American Bar Association (ABA) prohibits law firms from sharing fees, and the new firm will not be owned by Ernst & Young. But the arrangement […]


Novartis UK has replaced Sally Shorthose, who left to join Clyde & Co along with a former colleague from AstraZeneca. Shorthose’s old colleague Sally Jennings had already left the UK arm of electronics and computer company Dell to take up the appointment as general counsel.

Buchanans woos Eversheds’ Halliday

Buchanan Ingersoll is continuing its aggressive City recruitment drive by hiring Eversheds‘ former head of international banking. The US firm’s London office has taken on David Halliday to head its European banking practice. Halliday announced earlier this year that he was quitting Eversheds without a new firm to go to. The national firm has yet […]

The Leader column

There is a constant refrain on the part of recruitment partners at law firms. It goes something like this: Students – bright, no commercial awareness, legal knowledge frankly ropey. Oh, and increasingly expensive, thanks to the salary wars. It is this frustration that is behind the so-called City LPC. Thanks to the efforts of the […]

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