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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.


Finance star Gillespie quits A&O for Kirkland

Leading Allen & Overy banking partner Stephen Gillespie has resigned from the magic circle firm to join Kirkland & Ellis. Gillespie, one of the best-known leveraged finance lawyers of his generation, has been a senior figure within A&O’s banking practice and had been nominated as its strategy development partner following a management rejig two years […]

Hunton’s AIM expertise secures mining listing

Hunton & Williams has advised on the third AIM listing of a special purpose acquisition corporation (Spac),a niche US investment vehicle structure. Hunton & Williams has advised on the third AIM listing of a special purpose acquisition corporation (Spac), a niche US investment vehicle structure. The firm used its reputation as an AIM specialist to advise KBC Peel Hunt as nominated adviser and broker, […]

Employment star Fox relaunches as Fox

Fox Williams’ Ronnie Fox has set up a brand new employment boutique following his departure from the firm he co-founded 17 years ago. Fox told The Lawyer he was aiming to recapture the excitement of running his own firm by establishing the new venture, named simply ‘Fox’. “I’m determined to have fun and enjoy doing […]

Speechly partnership buoyed with five additions

Speechly Bircham added five to its partnership with its fourth lateral hire of the year and four internal promotions. The firm has brought in litigation specialist Jim Sharkey, who joins from DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, where he was head of commercial litigation in Birmingham. Managing partner Michael Lingens said: “We’re delighted to welcome Jim […]


Cipa and Itma: too close for comfort Despite being siblings in the nuclear IP family, patent agents and trademark attorneys have not always seen eye-to-eye. But the fallout from the Clementi report might force them to work a little closer together than they would like in the future. Clementi singled out IP professional bodies the […]

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