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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.


Sets' fears grow over Bar kite mark plans

Fears are growing that the cost to chambers of meeting the Bar’s comprehensive kite-marking criteria will prohibit many sets from taking it up. In the future a kite mark may well be essential for a set of chambers to be eligible for legal aid work or to offer services under a conditional fee agreement. One […]

Will clients go global?

Rumours have been rife for some time that Clifford Chance was about to merge with a big US player. Now it appears that the rumours are true. Partners will be asked to vote in June on whether to accept the merger. Though not every partner will be overjoyed at potential changes to remuneration, there are […]

Premier Oil battle stalls on AGM vote

Clyde & Co’s head of energy is locked in stalemate with Premier Oil after his proposals to oust its board failed to be included in the company’s annual general meeting. Peter Felter, also head of the Premier Oil Shareholders Association which is attempting to take over the troubled energy group, wrote to a number of […]


Thomas Stephen Burridge v Blighline (1999) QBD (Wright J) 26 March 1999 Plaintiff: Male, married, 38 years old at date of accident; 44 years old at date of trial. Incident: On 30 July 1994, the plaintiff, along with two colleagues, was moving a large display freezer at a supermarket. The freezer, weighing about one tonne, […]

SIF contributions to stay high

The Solicitor’s Indemnity Fund (SIF) wants lawyers to pay £242m in contributions next year – just £2m less than last year – despite seeing a 15 per cent drop in notifications in 1997/98. SIF chairman, Peter Williamson, says that despite signs of a declining trend in claims in recent years, the unknown impacts of the […]

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