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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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Arnie in bid to terminate Orrick licensing row

It sounds like the plot for another bad Hollywood movie: Arnold Schwarzenegger on a mission to China, accompanied by, err, his lawyer. Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe chair and chief executive Ralph Baxter went with Schwarzenegger on a trade mission. But the pay-off for Orrick came when Schwarzenegger used his political muscle to write a reference […]

Bar chiefs grilled over Legal Services Bill

Bar chair Stephen Hockman QC and Desmond Browne QC, chair of the bar’s Legal Services Bill Response Group, gave evidence to the joint committee scrutinising the draft bill last month. Hockman and Browne spent an intensive hour or so being grilled by the committee, whose members include barristers Lord Neill of Bladen QC and former […]

Orrick rolls out global secondment programme

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is set to introduce a formal pilot secondment programme in a bid to better integrate the firm’s growing international network. Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is set to introduce a formal pilot secondment programme in a bid to better integrate the firm’s growing international network. London managing partner Martin Bartlam is overseeing the pilot scheme, which […]

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Midlands firm Freeth Cartwright has appointed its 100th fee-earner. Adam Watson joins its Nottingham commercial property team from Warwickshire firm Lodders. Sheffield firm Wake Smith’s trust, tax and probate partner Michael Tunbridge has repl… Midlands firm Freeth Cartwright has appointed its 100th commercial property team fee-earner. Adam Watson joins its Nottingham commercial property team from […]

Blackstone QC scores Fifa role

As the World Cup goes on, the winner for the bar is clearly Blackstone Chambers’ Michael Beloff QC, appointed as the UK representative on Fifa’s ad hoc arbitration panel. Beloff is there to advise teams with problems and disputes.

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