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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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Staffordshire lawyer charged with money laundering

A partner in a Staffordshire law firm has been charged with money laundering the proceeds of a multimillion-pound VAT fraud. Paul Winter Morris continues to work as a solicitor at the four-partner AH Brooks & Co.Listings staff at Birmingham Crown Court said Morris is due to appear on 9 September at the court with the […]

Staying up

Camerons, Nabarros and Hammonds were overjoyed to snap up roles on the Nomura-Le Meridien deal. Helen Power asks if the three mid-size firms can maintain their momentum Last year’s M&A figures make depressing reading for most corporate lawyers. Firms such as Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which usually head the pecking order, saw big ticket M&A work […]

Get a Life

It comes easier to some than it does to others, but for lawyers retirement can be a bitter pill. Fiona Callister looks at the options and talks to those who have already quit the profession

SJ Berwin in Nomura corporate debut

SJ Berwin has scored its first corporate instruction for Nomura, acting on the bank's transfer of one of its major private equity portfolios to new investment company Terra Firma

Freehills saves NAB from £20bn disaster

Australian law firm believed to have charged £14m in robust defence of bank Freehills has successfully defended the National Australia Bank (NAB) in a claim for A$56bn (£20.2bn) which has gripped the nation. Freehills is believed to have pocketed an estimated A$40m (£14.4m) in legal fees for the defence.NAB was sued by inventor and small […]

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