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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.

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Diamonds heist claim

British Airways is facing a High Court battle over three bags of diamonds which went missing. Nine diamond forwarders, from Israel, Bombay and Antwerp, and the diamond owners, from Antwerp and Israel, are suing BA for £1,044,623 plus interest. The High Court writ claims two airport employees stole the diamonds while loading them on to […]

Mears faction strikes out at split society proposals

CHANCERY Lane’s warring factions are presenting a united front against a campaign to split the Law Society into two. Martin Mears, the Law Society president, and his deputy Robert Sayer, have distanced themselves from the new Solicitors’ Association Steering Group which wants to split the society’s representative and regulatory functions. While expressing sympathy for the […]

Firms enjoy feel-good factor

Denton Hall and Manches & Co have each tied the knot on a deal in the retail market, where there is evidence that the elusive feel-good factor is persuading consumers to spend more money in the high street. Tony Grant led the Dentons team which advised wholesaler Bemrose Corporation in its acquisition of Charles Letts […]

Mishcons to beef up insolvency with recruit

Sinclair Roche & Temperly solicitor David Middleburgh is leaving the firm to head up the insolvency law group of Mischon De Reya. Middleburgh joins Mishcons this week as the firm strengthens its insolvency department which, to date, was run through the commercial litigation department. A spokeswoman from the firm said it was “pulling together different […]

UK law in profit but lacks business nous

UK law firms are making more money than ever before but profits are being squeezed by a significant increase in staff costs, according to a joint survey by The Lawyer and accountants Coopers & Lybrand. The message is that firms need to manage business more efficiently if they are to improve financial performance. Robert Martin, […]

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