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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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Linklaters lands Rio Tinto-BHP deal

Linklaters has been drafted in on its second major mining deal in a week, advising British mining giant and longstanding client Rio Tinto on its £50bn approach from Australian rival BHP Billiton. BHP Billiton confirmed that it had approached Rio Tinto but that the offer, which would have created the world’s biggest mining company, had […]

Linklaters names new tax head

Linklaters’ global head of tax Guy Brannan is standing down after two terms in the role, with partner Yash Rupal set to take on the position. Yash, a partner at Linklaters since 1996, will lead a firm-wide team of 170 lawyers advising on tax issues including M&A, corporate finance, restructuring and contentious matters across multi-jurisdictions. […]

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India: open for business

Som Mandal, managing partner at Fox Mandal, explains why he supports the liberalisation of the Indian legal market. I completely support the view adopted by the Ministry of Law and Justice in allowing the entry of foreign law firms to the Indian legal services sector to practise foreign law. It is a common phenomenon in […]

Halliwells bolsters private client practice

Halliwells has boosted its private client team with the appointment of Irwin Mitchell partner Paul Hirst. He will work in close quarters with Carol Mason, head of private client, as the firm continues to enhance its market share. Mason hopes that Hirst’s input and experience will help to expand Halliwells’ client base. She said: ” […]

Pinsent Masons hires two to boost regulatory team

Pinsent Masons has hired two associates into its partnership to boost the regulatory offering in the firm’s corporate group. Eversheds associate Jacob Ghanty and SJ Berwin associate Tim Dolan will be reporting to head of corporate Gareth Edwards. “As more financial services legislation comes into force, we need to have the expertise to advise our […]

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