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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.


The Lawyer Inquiry: Dinah Spence

Dinah Spence was born in 1970 in Northallerton, North Yorks. She is a solicitor with Charles Russell. What subject(s) did you fail at school? Latin. What was your first job? Sales assistant in children’s clothes at Woolies. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £14,000. What would you have done if you hadn’t […]

Safe havens or all at sea?

What does the future hold for Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man, amid international pressure for greater disclosure, ever-tighter financial regulations and potentially threatening tax demands? On the islands themselves, life is looking good. Their economies are buoyant, business continues to flow in, local expertise is growing and there is an air of confidence […]

Met appeal against negligence

The case of former policewoman Laura Dyer, who was awarded £175,792 High Court damages in respect of hearing loss caused by use of covert surveillance equipment last year, returns to court in November. The Metropolitan police, which Mr Justice Garland found had failed to prevent avoidable dangers associated with the equipment, is to appeal. In […]

Waiting for the dust to settle in Indonesia

Where there is danger there is opportunity,” says Angeline Suparto, head of the Indonesian practice group at Asian firm Colin Ng & Partners, quoting a famous local proverb. Suparto is optimistic about the outlook for Indonesia despite the intermittent political crises which have brought setbacks to economic recovery. It has been a turbulent year for […]

Perrin's View

Leslie Perrin is managing partner of Osborne Clarke. He can be contacted on Living on the edge as we managing partners do, I ventured out recently with the Bathwick Group futurists at The Churchill in Portman Square to talk turkey (or is that turk-e?) on e-commerce. Given Tony’s recent cri de coeur on the […]

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