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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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Northern Irish Assembly causes local unrest in slew of external appointments

Irish government accused of ‘straight to London’ attitude as Northern Irish firms fail to win £100,000-plus contracts The Northern Irish Assembly has outraged lawyers in the province with its appointments for parliamentary bill drafting. No local Northern Irish law firms are on the panel and only one of the appointees, KLegal member McGrigor Donald, has […]

Wise counsel

Last Wednesday was the day for all the new Queen’s Counsel to take silk, and what a day it was too. Typically, pandemonium reigned, with clerks rushing around madly, barristers all aflutter, and battles over transport. The sheer weight of numbers forced one set to resort to taxis while another opted for a ‘pimp mobile’ […]

Deals Summary

Pinsent Curtis Biddle (Alan Greenough, Duncan McDonald) has advised NBGI Private Equity on its investment in the management buyout of specialist recruitment agency Walker Hamill from the Marlborough International Group. Speechly Bircham advised the management team. Charles Russell (Clive Hopewell) has advised Healthtrack Media on its acquisition of AIM-listed Channel Health Interactive Lifestyle. Healthtrack Media, […]

Yo! Sushi seeks first legal panel as empire expands

Japanese restaurant operator Yo! Sushi is to set up its first panel of law firms in order to meet the growing needs of its business The company, which brought conveyor-belt sushi to the UK, has appointed Meena Heath of consultancy Genesis Coordination to set up a panel of lawyers after she approached Simon Woodroffe, the […]

NY Attorney returns to Debevoise

US Attorney Mary Jo White has left her position as the head of New York’s prosecution department to return to Debevoise & Plimpton White, who was a partner at Debevoise from 1983-1990, has been responsible for prosecuting some of the city’s most notorious cases. She joins the firm as chair of its 32-partner litigation department.During […]

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