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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.


C&I group relaunches as limited company

The Law Society’s Commerce & Industry group (C&I) plans to abolish its traditional committee system and relaunch itself as a limited company run by an executive. The move is aimed at giving the C&I group’s in-house lawyers greater independence from Law Society control. C&I chairman Edward Smethurst says: “Our members pay £400-plus for their practising […]


Slaughter and May has agreed to a “best friends” relationship with Madrid-based firm Uria & Menendez, adding to its existing agreements with German firm Hengeler Mueller Weitzel Wirtz, Mannheimer Swartling of Sweden and Nauta Dutilh and Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot of The Netherlands. Latham & Watkins’ new partner Michael Immordino, who quit Rogers & Wells […]

Litigation Litigator's View 11/10/99

Edward Mackereth on the new Civil Procedure Rules for costs. Edward Mackereth is a solicitor in the litigation department at Nicholson Graham & Jones. The Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) have introduced two new ways that successful litigants can recover some costs without waiting for a detailed assessment. The first procedure, Rule 44.3(8), can be employed […]

Case of the week

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson (pictured) was cleared of a driving offence at Bury Magistrates Court after offering the lamest excuse ever – he needed the toilet. Sir Alex told the court: “I had to go somewhere quickly.” Sir Alex, represented by Manchester-based sole practitioner Nicholas Freeman, justified driving his BMW up the hard shoulder […]

Legal Widow

There’s been a problem with bullying at Subjudice’s school. Unfortunately, it appears that Subjudice is the one doing the bullying. She managed to keep hidden the alarming amount of sweetie packets, tattoo’s, Barbie accessories and assorted children’s paraphernalia she had extorted from her victims, but when she started collecting jumpers the game was up. “But […]

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