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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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After self-assessment come changes to the way in which professional partnerships are taxed. Leo Schulz adds up the costs of compliance. At 5.30pm on 22 December 1997, the Inland Revenue issued a press release announcing a change in the way professional partnerships are to be taxed. At first glance the changes seemed fairly innocuous, with […]

Allen & Overy hires German partners

Allen & Overy has more than doubled the number of German partners at its niche Frankfurt law practice by recruiting two partners from rival firms and appointing an associate to the partnership. Corporate partner Reinhard Hermes joins from the Frankfurt office of US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius and asset finance partner Johannes Bruski will […]

Ellison to take on Camden with law-breaking stunt

FLAMBOYANT Eversheds partner Robin Ellison is to stage a bizarre law-breaking stunt as the latest move in a lengthy campaign to prove ownership of land outside his home in London. The leading pensions lawyer was allegedly discovered at dawn one day last October painting out double yellow lines on the public highway in front of […]

Crossing the floor

Matheu Swallow talks audience rights with Julian Wilson, the barrister backing the growth of city advocates. Next week the results on the review of the rights of audience are due for publication by the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD). While the large majority of bar members have vociferously opposed challenges to their status, one lone voice […]

Treasury wolves in Access to Justice clothing

Lawyers are worried government legal reforms are really a Treasury Trojan Horse aimed at slashing legal aid costs, says Elizabeth Davidson. REBEL Labour MP Austin Mitchell echoed the views of many in the profession when he claimed, on the eve of the Queen’s Speech last week, that the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine’s legal reforms had […]

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