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Permission in principle – growth, renewal, protect

The biggest shake up of the planning system since 1947 continues apace with the announcement, on 2 August, of government plans to create an automatic green light for development within specifically designated areas of the country.

Setting aside company transactions involving Jersey, Guernsey and BVI companies

Financial pressure can change perspectives on transactions – whether through the lens of an insolvent winding up, in the context of a counterparty or related interested party exploring ways in which they might unravel a transaction, or a new board considering whether a company can extricate itself from contractual arrangements that appear to have been subject to a conflict of interest or which were for an improper purpose.

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KPMG’s legal arm sets goal to reach £100m turnover

The leaders of KPMG’s legal arm have been given a mandate to grow it into a £100m business in the next few years. The branch, which has now rebranded and started trading as KPMG Law, has been indicated by the accountancy firm’s board as a strategic priority, especially when it comes to the UK. KPMG […]

Mills & Reeve hands out £1,000 staff bonus despite “challenging” Q4

Mills & Reeve‘s revenue inched up by nearly three per cent over 2019/20, with the firm handing out a slightly lower all-staff bonus compared to previous years. Revenue reached £114.1m. The firm said that despite a challenging last quarter that ended in May, its financial performance had been strong and as a result it has announced […]

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Taylor Wessing profits fall 8 per cent after tech investments

Taylor Wessing‘s UK profit per equity partner (PEP) dropped by 6.5 per cent over 2019/20, in a turbulent end to the financial year. The firm’s UK PEP went down for the first time in a number of years, having grown by 13 per cent to £655,000 in 2018/19 and after skyrocketing by 20 per cent […]

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