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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.


Litigation Recent Decisions 18/02/97

Deceased husband’s sperm ought not to have been stored without his written consent R v Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, Ex Parte Blood (1996) Summary: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 does not permit any storage of sperm for any purposes unless the donor’s consent has been obtained.

Surveillance prompts Commons debate

VETERAN Labour MP Tam Dalyell has tabled a parliamentary question to probe the extent to which lawyers are subjected to surveillance while interviewing defendants in prisons. Dalyell agreed to table the question following an approach by the criminal barrister Jonathan Goldberg QC, head of chambers at Three Temple Gardens, who has discovered that interviews between […]

No claim too huge for striking

If ever a case served as an argument for the profession to always carry out a full investigation into the possibility of successful striking out moves, it is the recent one involving top accountants Ernst & Young and BCCI. A massive $3.5bn (£2.2bn) claim against Ernst & Young by BCCI’s liquidators has been more than […]

Will the media circus make a clown of justice?

When lawyers representing murder suspect Tracie Andrews wanted to find new witnesses for their case they called a press conference. Although unusual, the move is part of a noticeable trend. Instead of remaining aloof from the media frenzy surrounding high-profile trials, defence solicitors nowadays join the fray. Mark Stephens, of Stephens Innocent, is well-known for […]

Irish government attacks A&L Goodbody on fees

A top ranking Irish law firm is refusing to reveal its hourly rates in a clash with the Government over the £3.19m it was awarded in legal fees following a tribunal lasting more than 200 days. A&L Goodbody was awarded the costs by the Taxing Master of the High Court for representing meat processing company […]

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