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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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Allen & Overy’s revenue increased by 4 per cent to £1.69bn over 2019/20, though the firm anticipates tough market conditions ahead. A&O is one of the first City firms, and the first among the magic circle, to post its financials this year, as others cautiously hold back. The results are for the financial year to […]

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SRA closes investigation into former Quinn partner Mark Hastings

The SRA has said it will take no further action against Mark Hastings, the partner dismissed by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in May 2018, after allegations of inappropriate behaviour were made against him. Hastings spent two years at Quinn’s London office, where his appointment was initially touted as a major coup for the firm. The […]

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SFO to launch internal review after judge criticises chief

Despite two successful convictions in the Unaoil bribery case, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) will now conduct an internal review after its head Lisa Osofsky was criticised by the judge over dealings with an intermediary. In a ruling made public on Monday, Judge Martin Beddoe rebuked Osofsky for making herself vulnerable to flattery during the […]

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