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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.


MBRM tops French RPP table

Partners at Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) have emerged as the most productive in France, bringing in almost €6m (£3.93m) worth of business each last year. The firm made €23m (£15.06m), with Paris partners billing an average of €5.75m (£3.77m). The firm also has the fifth-largest revenue per lawyer at €696,000 (£456,000). Figures compiled […]

Simmons shrugs off MoD panel dismissal with role on £16bn project

Simmons & Simmons has managed to retain its leading role on one of the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) biggest-ever outsourcing deals, despite being booted off the panel last year. The firm is advising the MoD on its new £16bn training programme, which has been outsourced to a joint venture consortium led by QinetiQ and Land […]

Fulbright promotes its first ever London associate

Fulbright & Jaworski’s London office has promoted its first associate to the partnership after 30 years in the capital. London international arbitration and dispute resolution lawyer Jonathan Sutcliffe was promoted to the partnership from senior associate. London office managing partner Stephen Vogel said: “We’ve been in London for 30 years, only practising English law for […]

Skadden picked as Ford listens to offers for Aston Martin

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom’s London office has scooped its first-ever mandate to advise Ford on its multimillion-pound disposal of the Aston Martin luxury car range. The New York heavyweight’s City arm landed the role thanks to Ford’s longstanding relationship with Skadden in the US. The team is being led by London-based corporate partner […]

Eight days a week

Tulkinghorn sends his thanks to Gaye Moran, a solicitor and also senior lecturer at London South Bank University, for the following response to the revelation (15 January) about Dewey Ballantine chairman Mort Pierce’s remarkable annual hours. Moran writes: “I’m amazed that any person, human (or with clone?), can purport to bill 3,000 hours per year. […]

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