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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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White & Case has bumped up its capital markets capacity after recruiting a structured finance specialist from Linklaters. David Barwise will join White & Case¹s capital markets practice as a partner under the direction of Rich Reilly who has a strong background in Collateralised Debt Obligations (CDO) and has acted for the likes of Morgan […]

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More than three years after the introduction of the new Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), some litigators are still missing opportunities to take full advantage of expert evidence. There are two aspects of the CPR where there is scope for lawyers to take the initiative: written questions to experts and preparing for discussions between experts. Suppose […]

MoFo wins Olympic contest

Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has beaten competitors including Clifford Chance and Coudert Brothers to the prestigious role of international counsel for the Beijing Olympic Games. The Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2008 Summer Games carried out a rigorous selection process lasting more than six months.MoFo chairman Keith Wetmore, who is closely involved in the relationship, […]

Stanbrook sets up EU lobbying unit

Brussels-based EU and commercial law firm Stanbrook & Hooper has launched a new practice group combining the roles of lobbyist, legal adviser and advocate. As revealed on www. thelawyer.com/lawyernews on 15 October, the institutional, governmental and constitutional (IGC) practice has been created to advise on, influence, scrutinise and challenge the legislative and quasi-legislative processes of […]

DLA Dutch ally raids De Brauw to build tax practice

DLA’s Dutch best friend SchutGrosheide has appoin-ted De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek corporate finance tax specialist Marc de Bruijn to head its tax department. De Bruijn was approached by SchutGrosheide in the spring. Following the approach, de Bruijn recruited fellow De Brauw tax partner Andre Jansen and senior associate Raymond Wanningen. The firm has also hired […]

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