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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.


In brief: Business strategist leaves Binder Hamlyn

Solicitor Linda Packard has left management consultants Binder Hamlyn to head the legal consulting activity of The David Andrews Partnership, part of Grant Thornton. She specialises in advising law firms on all areas of business strategy. She will be joined by ex-BT information technology consultant Tim Lavender who will focus on telecommunications.

In brief: Saints solicitor scores as FA chair

Southampton solicitor Keith Wiseman has been elected chair of the Football Association, the most powerful position in English football. Wiseman will remain senior partner of Southampton litigation and advocacy practice Woodford & Ackroyd, he specialises in family child care litigation. He was formerly vice-chair of Southampton Football Club, also known as The Saints. Wiseman was […]

Westminster stops phone box cards in sleaze war

Westminster City Council has secured an injunction to stop a man from placing prostitute cards in phone boxes. The injunction, won at Central London County Court, was sought after it became clear that court action and fines had not proved a sufficient deterrent for the Shepherd’s Bush man. The injunction, only the second to be […]

Hard lessons of the UK-US marriage

Theodore Goddard’s move to sell off its Eastern European office to its former alliance partner, US firm Dewey Ballantine, is another example of the trans-Atlantic dream failing. In the late Eighties and early Nineties, in the name of business strategy, firms looked at every option to expand. Globalisation seemed to provide the opportunity and many […]


DAVID Andrews, former managing partner of London firm Clifford Turner and the first UK management consultant to specialise in advising law firms, has been inducted as a Fellow of the US-based College of Law Practice Management to recognise his contributions to law firm management. His citation called him the “best known legal management consultant outside […]

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