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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.


Firms build up society work

SLAUGHTER & MAY has chalked up a hat trick by taking an advisory role in the proposed £1.35 billion merger between the Abbey National and National & Provincial. Slaughters is acting for N&P in the negotiations, which are set to run for at least a year as the two societies thrash out the terms of […]

Bill Barton says new rules will put a stop to cowboy builders

New regulations are being introduced governing the conduct of construction on sites in the UK. This follows the implementation of the EC Directive (92/57/EEC) relating to temporary or mobile construction, which came into force on 31 March 1995. The regulations result from the Health and Safety Commission’s desire to improve safety on sites in the […]

Silks warned they face danger of losing out on criminal legal aid

SILKS will have priced themselves out of the criminal legal aid market in 10 years time, according to a leading London criminal solicitor. The prediction was made by London Criminal Court Solicitors’ Association president Tony Edwards at a dinner for the group attended by around 800 criminal lawyers. He said: “By that stage the majority […]


Lewis Silkin acted for RTZ subsidiary Borax Consolidated Ltd on the sale of Borax House, SW1, for £7.5 million. Allen & Overy acted for purchaser Schroder Exempt Property Unit Trust.

Management buyout forms new firm

Home counties law firm Brain & Brain has split after a management buyout by four of its partners. The Basingstoke office is being relaunched as Brain Chase Coles, while the Reading branch continues as Brain & Brain. Heads of both firms say the split is amicable and evolved by commercial work going to Reading while […]

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