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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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Redundancies set to hit Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal’s will be forced to make redundancies during the next year due to financial restraints. In the Court’s 44-page annual report, the head of the civil appeals office and master David Gladwell said that the department will have to lose three staff members. This follows the cut of six posts in the […]

Fifa dumps legal chief after MasterCard ruling

Fifa has fired its top lawyer in charge of marketing contracts, after a New York district judge ruled it had acted wrongly in sponsorship negotiations with MasterCard. Fifa dismissed marketing head of legal Tom Houseman, along with commercial directors Robert Lampman, Stefan Schuster and Jérôme Valcke. Houseman led Fifa’s rights protection programme during the 2006 […]

Stibbe sets up MBA for European business nous

Stibbe is launching what is thought to be the first MBA designed specifically for the needs of an individual law firm in Europe. The annual two-week business course, at business school Insead, near Paris, is based on the school’s MBA programme. Stibbe aims for all of its associates to participate in the course. The MBA […]

People

Clausen Miller has hired senior solicitor Celso de Azevedo for its London office. De Azevedo, who specialises in South American reinsurance and marine practice, joins from Eversheds. Carlisle-based Burnetts Solicitors has promoted employment specialist Natalie Ruane and family law specialist Amy Fallows to its partnership. David McGill has also been promoted to associate. Mintz Levin […]

Firms threatened with public scoldings

There is yet more activity in the world of… er… complaining about lawyers. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), which until this month was known as the Law Society Regulation Authority, is consulting the profession on whether to make its reprimands public. The SRA looks after education and training, indemnity insurance and ethics, and crucially is […]

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