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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.


Southwark lawyer wins top council job

– Southwark borough solicitor Clive Grace is to join Torfaen Unitary Authority in Wales as chief executive. Grace, who was also secretary at Southwark, began his career working for law centres in the 1970s before becoming head of legal at the In

In brief: Bitel takes London Marathon post

Max Bitel, Greene partner Nick Bitel has been appointed chief executive of the London Marathon. Bitel, who has given the marathon legal advice since 1984, will work on a part-time basis. The marathon’s newly-appointed chair Jim Clarke says of the appointment: “Nick’s experience in sport – among other things giving legal advice to the Ryder […]

In brief: Committee seats for Manley and Javaid

Chair of the Society of Black Lawyers Makbool Javaid and Law Centres Federation chair Isabel Manley have been appointed to the Law Society’s specialist committee on employment law. Javaid and Manley joined the committee, which meets four times a year, after being selected from more than 80 applications.

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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