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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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Judge's delay 'unacceptable'

A decision of Mr Justice Harman has been challenged in the Court of Appeal on the basis of inordinate, unacceptable and inexcusable delay. It has been argued that the judge, who heard the case in question in June and July 1994, failed to give his judgment until 1 April 1996 and that this delay one […]

Eversheds and Shoosmiths win conveyancing contract

Arun Estate Agencies, the 10th largest estate agency in the UK, is starting a volume conveyancing scheme in October with Eversheds and Shoosmiths & Harrison. The referral scheme is modelled on Hambro Countrywide’s 24-hour telephone conveyancing operation, which can process thousands of transactions every month. It will operate in about 60 per cent of Arun’s […]

In brief: Finance ace makes First move to Pinsents

David Macfarlane, a former director of the Securities and Futures Authority, is joining Pinsent Curtis as litigation partner to lead its City litigation team as part of its newly-launched Financial Institutions Real Solutions Team (First). First aims to offer a one-stop shop of legal expertise to City financial institutions. Macfarlane has spent the past two […]

Investment regulatory regime stalled until 2000, says financial watchdog

The new regulatory regime for law firms conducting investment business will not be in place until at least 2000, it emerged last week. The government had intended to bring the regulation of all financial services activity under the auspices of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) next year. But last month, FSA chairman Howard Davies admitted […]

In brief: New blood at Pinsents, Trowers and Mundays

Pinsent Curtis’ Birmingham office has hired tax partner Stephen Pallister from Osborne Clarke. Trowers & Hamlins has taken on leading environmental lawyer Andrew Wiseman. And Surrey firm Mundays has recruited aviation lawyer David Irving from Seddons.

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