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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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Careers: people

Davies Arnold Cooper has announced a trio of promotions and a new appointment at associate partner level. Janie Castle joins the commercial litigation team in London from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, while Gillian Dada, Mark Shaya and Crispin Tomlinson have all been promoted to associate partner level in the product liability, insurance and property […]

Kirkland rainmaker lands top job at Conseco

A leading corporate partner from Kirkland & Ellis has been appointed as president and chief executive of recovering US insurance giant Conseco. William Kirsch, a lawyer at Kirkland & Ellis since 1981, had been serving as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Conseco since September last year when the insurance group emerged from […]

The battle for Abbey

For those of us not on a beach, there is only one deal in town worth watching: the battle for Abbey National. For lawyers stuck in the City, the question of who has snapped up the remaining mandates is becoming an obsession. For those of you not topping up your tans, here’s a few titbits […]

Ansons born as Hadens splits

West Midlands firm Hadens has almost halved in size following the departure of six partners to set up a rival firm. The team, led by senior partner Simon James, has launched Ansons LLP. It will specialise in commercial and private client work out of its Lichfield and Cannock offices. Ansons hopes to capitalise on economic […]

Herbies wins Hypo

Herbert Smith has completed its first deal for new client Hypo Real Estate Bank International. The City firm advised Hypo on an £88m bid facility made available to Winten to finance its recommended offer for property investment group Estate & General. Herbert Smith was picked as one of Hypo’s preferred advisers after it was spun […]

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