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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.


Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 25/06/96

Paul William Donovan, 61, admitted 1978, practising at material times as Davies Donovan & Co, Twickenham, struck off and ordered to pay £5,280 costs. Allegations substantiated he used client funds for his own purposes and those of other clients, misappropriated client funds, failed to keep proper accounts. Tribunal told that claims totalling £57,600 so far […]

Defence lawyer takes a bow on the box

A BBC producer who shadowed a hard-working criminal solicitor for a documentary has admitted the experience was a real “eye opener”. London solicitor June Venters, of Venters & Co, will feature next month in a documentary series highlighting the work of women professionals who work in the criminal justice system. Producer Tracy Cook said her […]

Woman's nightmare trapped in man's body

The legal rights of transsexuals will loom large in the courts after applications for judicial review were granted in two separate actions. In one, a 30-year-old man is seeking judicial review of Gloucestershire Health Authority’s refusal to provide NHS funding for gender reassignment surgery; in the other, a 26-year-old man is challenging the right of […]

In brief: Bird Semple sees benefits of Taiwan tubes

Scottish law firm Bird Semple has scooped the prestige appointment of legal adviser to Taiwan group Chunghwa Picture Tubes, which is building a £250 million factory in Lanarkshire employing 3,000 workers. Semple is advising on a range of issues, including the purchase or leasing of equipment and machinery. Chunghwa manufactures computer display monitors. Bird Semple […]

Teamwork scores a victory

On Statistics alone, the action in which accountants Ernst & Young faced potentially devastating negligence allegations warrants a high place in the league of costly and complex trials. The action, brought by Nederlandse Reassurrantie Groep Holding (NRG) after its ill-fated £122 million acquisition of Victory Reinsurance in 1990, began in January last year and drew […]

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