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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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Bakers reports 20 per cent turnover growth

Baker & McKenzie has reported global turnover growth of 20 per cent in the 2007 financial year with total income rising to $1.829bn (£910m). The bulk of this – 41 per cent ($750m, £373.1m) – came from Europe and the Middle East with 35 per cent of revenue coming from North and Latin America and […]

Camerons suffers further exit pain

CMS Cameron McKenna has been hit by another partner departure, with the London office of Missouri-headquartered Shook Hardy & Bacon picking up commercial partner Mark Tyler. •CMS Cameron McKenna has been hit by another partner departure, with the London office of Missouri-headquartered Shook Hardy & Bacon picking up commercial partner Mark Tyler. Tyler marks Camerons’ […]

Salans formalises Polish best friend relationship

Salans has boosted its reach into the Polish legal market with the signing of a relationship agreement with Krupa Srokosz Patryas in southern Poland. The relationship gives Salans support in the industrial zones of Silesia and Malopolska, which are important centres for the production of cars and electronic goods. Salans chairman Stephen Finch said: “The […]

Harmans’ family fortunes

It definitely pays to be a law firm that employs a Harman sister. Three firms at which Harriet Harman’s sisters are working received almost £650,000 in legal aid and legal services payments, according to the now defunct Department of Constitutional Affairs’ (DCA) last resources account. Harman & Harman, where the deputy leader of the Labour […]

Premier League nets second in-houser

The Premier League’s sole in-house lawyer Oliver Weingarten has doubled the size of the in-house legal function with his first hire of a commercial lawyer. Wragge & Co’s Kevin Plumb, an associate with sports experience, will be joining Weingarten at the end of the month as a commercial solicitor. Weingarten has been the sole in-house […]

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