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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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In brief: New boss at society international practice

The Law Society’s deputy head of communications Jonathan Goldsmith has been appointed as the head of international practice, succeeding Hamish Adamson. Goldsmith will take on his new role on 1 October, a month before Adamson, who has held the title since 1987, retires. Goldsmith, who manages the society’s five regional offices and its Brussels office, […]

In brief: Kingsley Napley resolves laptop dispute

City firm Kingsley Napley has settled a dispute with a former employee over a laptop computer which contained confidential information. The partnership withdrew a writ against Nicholas Greenfield seeking to retrieve the device and any sensitive commercial material. The firm said last week the two parties had agreed terms for a settlement.

Law Lord warns experts fees may jeopardise independence

EXPERT witnesses should not be paid on a contingency fee basis because their independence could be called into question if they have a direct financial interest in a case, say leading members of the judiciary. Law Lord, Lord Slynn, says solicitors should also be prevented from providing incentives of future work in order to obtain […]

Firm shake-up axes top jobs in Bristol

FIVE senior lawyers are among 27 people due to lose their jobs following a streamlining exercise at a Bristol law firm. Three partners, two fee-earners and 22 support staff were made redundant following a management shake-up at JW Ward & Son. Some of the other partners have taken up new roles as consultants and a […]

Litigation Writs 13/06/95

Former navy mechanic Ian Liddle who was severely injured in an accident last year is suing the Ministry of Defence. Liddle, of Portsmouth, lost one eye and suffered head injuries after being trapped and crushed by a lift while working on HMS Illustrious in January 1994. His writ says a lift above him was activated […]

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