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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.


British Energy launches panel review with tender requests

British Energy has made the first step towards overhauling its legal panel by sending out a formal request for tenders. Head of legal Jean MacDonald, who is overseeing the review, confirmed that tender enquiry documentation was dispatched last week. It is understood that some of the firms contacted are from the existing panel, which includes Clifford Chance, Hammonds, MacRoberts, McGrigors and […]


Beaufort House swap shop There’s a game of musical chairs going on over at Beaufort House. First Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) litigation partner Richard Spafford packed his bags and moved upstairs to Richards Butler. Now Richards Butler shipping insurance partner Chris Zavos has made the trek down to BLG, where he rejoins old colleagues […]

Delivering the right package

Putting thought and effort into tailoring a benefits package will ultimately pay off. By Diana Palmer Recruitment and retention of high-calibre professional staff are among the main challenges facing HR managers in today’s market, and the legal sector is no exception. While the drive to attract and keep the best staff is paramount, there is […]

Tax presage

The newest resident in Vinson & Elkins’ swish City offices, American Jim Loftis, co-head of the firm’s international dispute resolution practice, boasts something none of his other US colleagues have got. And no, it’s not an all-things-Enron indemnity. It’s an understanding of cricket. “Oh yeah, I get cricket alright,” the big Texan drawled. “The way […]


Sanjay Lobo:

Come on, admit it. You have had a sneaky look for holidays on, dreaming of sandy beaches, instead of proofreading those contract terms and conditions. Imagine then, being Sanjay Lobo. On the fast-track to the top of the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) world, the 30-year-old is legal director of one of the hottest […]

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