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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.


Come to London, stay in London

The Court of Appeal precludes escape from narrow vacatur grounds available under the English Arbitration Act 1996 Despite an insurer’s attempt to escape from the few and extremely narrow grounds available under the English Arbitration Act of 1996 to vacate an unfavourable arbitration award, a recent Court of Appeal decision confirmed that an award rendered […]

BAE Systems appoints India legal chief

BAE Systems has appointed its first chief counsel for India, sending land systems legal chief Mike Elston to Delhi. The move is part of a BAE business strategy to exploit growth markets. India has boosted its defence spending by 8 per cent this year. In a memo sent out to staff, seen by The Lawyer, […]

Ashurst, Lovells land LV’s highway takeover

Ashurst and Lovells have won places on Liverpool Victoria’s (LV) £150m acquisition of the Highway Insurance Group in the latest of a flurry of deals in the insurance sector. Highway called on Ashurst corporate partner John Earle, while Lovells corporate partner Richard Lewis acted for long-time client LV, the UK’s largest friendly society. Lewis said: […]

Addleshaws focuses on graduate training

An employment engagement survey ­conducted for The Lawyer by YouGovCentaur revealed that 64 per cent of non-fee-earning staff feel undervalued at their firms (The Lawyer, 1 September). In a bid to counteract this trend, ­Addleshaw Goddard has introduced a business ­development graduate trainee ­programme. Business ­development ­director Richard Oakes, who devised the plan, says the […]

Firms buck UK equality trend

One of the biggest stories last week was the report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) saying that the number of women in power and influence had dropped since its last survey five years ago. The EHRC singled out the judiciary for criticism, but it didn’t survey the UK’s top commercial law firms […]

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