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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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The Newton Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year Awards were held last Wednesday (20 October) at Rudding House in Harrogate, with DLA’s Robin Smith picking up both the top prize of Lawyer of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement Award. Smith was described as “one of the people who put Leeds on the legal map”. He […]

Rental market saturates as top City firms try to offload space

A slew of law firms has returned excess office space to the rental market while rental prices are still rock-bottom, after overestimating their spatial needs. Hammonds is trying to sublet 10,000sq ft at Devonshire Square, while Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer wants to offload 17,900sq ft over three floors at 22 Tudor Street. The Freshfields space was previously sublet to Berwin […]

Gibson Dunn’s Brussels office in double boost

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has expanded its small Brussels presence by taking on Howrey Simon Arnold & White partner David Wood and Crowell & Moring partner James Ashe-Taylor. The firm opened in Brussels a year ago when Squire Sanders & Dempsey partner Peter Alexiadis defected with a small team. Ashe-Taylor will split his time between […]

Man Utd shareholder group calls in Weil Gotshal to fight takeover bid

The Lawyer can exclusively reveal that Manchester United’s shareholder group, Shareholders United, has taken on US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges to help it fight Malcolm Glazer’s takeover bid. The US firm is advising on a pro bono basis. Lovells worked for free for Shareholders United on BSkyB’s failed takeover bid in 1998. Glazer has […]

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