Purdah most foul

It’s impossible to have missed that, despite the intentions of the Fixed Term Parliament Act 2011, the UK is about to experience its third General Election in less than five years. At 00:01 on Wednesday 6 November we entered the “pre-election period of sensitivity”, which will stay in effect until polling closes on 12 December … Read more

The Environment Bill

The rug was pulled from under the feet of the first substantial primary legislation on the environment since 1995 by the announcement of a December 2019 General Election. The Environment Bill had received a second reading on 28th October where it received cross party support and was whisked onwards to the committee stages in which … Read more

Court of Appeal confirms strict application of Section 73

In a judgment handed down yesterday, the Court of Appeal has reversed the High Court’s decision in Finney v Welsh Ministers. The effect of the High Court decision had been that section 73 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 could be used to vary not just the conditions to a planning permission, but … Read more

Launch of HSF Public Law Notes blog

We are pleased to announce the launch of our Public Law Notes blog, which contains the latest insights from our market-leading administrative and public law team. Public Law Notes contains the team’s latest thinking on recent cases and other key developments in the administrative and public law sphere, including matters relating to professional discipline and … Read more

Investing in Greater Paris

“Grand Paris” is a major investment opportunity for real estate players. We are pleased to share with you a webinar by our Paris office, which presents the main characteristics of investments in Greater Paris. A legal perspective is presented by Anne Petitjean, a partner in the Real Estate practice at Herbert Smith Freehills, Paris, who … Read more