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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.


Clifford Chance expands Paris office

Marcus Billam and Frederic Peltier, who both have weighty contacts with leading French corporations and investment banks, join Clifford Chance’s 35-lawyer M&A practice in Paris as partners. The announcement of the new recruits comes in the same week that the Lawyer Online revealed that Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot M&A partners, Tom de Waard and Hector […]

Apacs general counsel leaves for LCH position

General counsel of Apacs Susan Ward is quitting her post to take up a similar role at the London Clearing House (LCH). Apacs, the Association for Payment Clearing Services, is the UK payment clearing and money transmission organisation. It is responsible for the management and development of the principal electronic and cheque clearings. LCH currently […]

Court warns Lord Chancellor over contracting

The caution from three judges came yesterday, even though they rejected a challenge against the Lord Chancellor’s shake-up of the legal aid system. In a challenge to the legal aid contracting scheme – brought by Mackintosh Duncan solicitors and backed by the Law Society – the court refused to quash the scheme introduced in January, […]

Davies Wallis Foyster appoints Knight & Sons litigation head

Newcastle firm Knight & Sons is smarting after losing its head of litigation to Davies Wallis Foyster. Alan Shackleton joined Davies Wallis’ Manchester office last week to head its five-partner commercial litigation practice, after just two years at Knight & Sons. Jim Davies, managing partner at Davies Wallis, says Shackleton is bringing a lot of […]

Quote of the week

“It’s not the kind of term that you normally put into a corporate process.” – Paisner & Co partner Jonathan Cameron on Hammer Films owner Roy Skeggs’ demand that he should continue to own the rights to Frankenstein’s boots. Paisners acted for the consortium that bought the famous horror film company.

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