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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.


Managing the digital risk

Despite the benefits of going high-tech, there are serious risks involved, especially when filing important documents. Richard Stevens reports on what firms have to look out for. If you visit the headquarters of any large corporation, access will be restricted. Visit its corporate website and there will be barriers designed to prevent access to the […]

Too little, to date

Pro Bono can be an excellent marketing tool – surely enough of an incentive for media hungry law firms to devote resources to unpaid projects. However, after The Lawyer’s second annual survey on pro bono, it seems that little has changed since last year. Yes, there are several firms moving in the right direction, but […]

Bird & Bird boosts Paris and Brussels offices…

Bird & Bird has hired corporate teams in Paris and Brussels to boost its European operations. In Paris, former Sales Vincent & Associes corporate partners Jodie Cohen-Tanugi and Francois Serres are to join the practice, both as partners. Cohen-Tanugi will head the corporate/M&A team which, in addition to Serres, includes a further four associates. She […]

Stephenson Harwood ace priced out of City market

A senior Stephenson Harwood partner is abandoning the City because he is losing work to less expensive regional firms. Solicitor-advocate Robin Neill is joining Bristol practice Bevan Ashford as head of international arbitration in the autumn. Neill says he has had enough of missing out on work because of less expensive rivals. “I doubt whether […]

Clients are the kings in new age of caring

Grace Bros provided some wry smiles 20 years ago but give few hints to service providers today. Lawyers are wholly part of the “customer is king” culture of service delivery and those who do not appreciate this will not succeed. As retailers of legal services we must aim to be the best at this challenging […]

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