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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.


It has been a good week for:

Liberty director John Wadham, who received the legal brief of the week when he was called in to advise former MI5 official David Shayler. Furniture designers Luke Hughes & Company, whose “unique” Trojan all-timber folding tables are being snapped up by law firms left, right and centreS according to a press release issued by Luke […]

Next week's news

There is officially no news next week as The Lawyer is taking its annual week-long summer holiday.

The jury's out

A government paper does nothing to defend the liberty offered by the jury system, writes Bruce Houlder QC. Bruce Houlder QC is the vice chairman of the public affairs committee at the Bar Council. The Government consultation paper regarding mode of trial in either-way cases picks and chooses material gleaned from the Narey Report of […]

UN Resources Centre

The ABA has signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme to set up a Resources Centre for Technical Legal Assistance. International sector chair Bill Hannay said the deal meant that the ABA would provide countries that wanted to revamp their legal systems with resources, judges and lawyers.

Minorities shut out of US firms

Mary Heaney reports from the American Bar Association’s annual conference in Toronto THE PROPORTION of ethnic minority partners in the top 250 US firms has remained virtually frozen at a meagre 3 per cent for the past eight years, according to a major ABA survey. The survey, which was unveiled last week in Toronto by […]

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