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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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Minimum wage applies to pupillages

The Bar is facing a major shake-up in its provision of training following a landmark judgment in the High Court, ruling that the minimum wage applies to pupillage. Mr Justice Sullivan found that pupillage is a contract of apprenticeship and therefore the Minimum Wage Act 1998 does apply to it. However, he rejected the claim […]

Keating wins damages from local paper

Law Society presidential candidate David Keating has received “substantial damages” and a front page apology from a local newspaper over comments made by society president Robert Sayer. As first reported in The Lawyer (7 June), Sayer, during this summer’s presidential election campaign, branded Keating “a complete pillock” who “falls asleep in council meetings” – allegations […]

Scott Redpath on the allocation of policyholders' final bonuses.

Scott Redpath is a barrister at Hammond Suddards. Several interesting points emerged in the recent case of The Equitable Life Assurance Society v Alan David Hyman, heard by vice-chancellor Richard Scott in the High Court.The originating summons sought declarations on questions arising from the allocation of final bonuses by Equitable Life (the Society) to its […]

It's been a bad week for…

News of the World investigations. Crown Court judge Timothy Pontius has freed two men convicted of dealing class A drugs after the jury accussed the tabloid of entrapment. The jury found the 10th Earl of Hardwicke and his business partner Stefan Thwaites guilty of supplying cocaine to the News of the World’s “investigations editor”, but […]

Eversheds made to pay for late payment to pension fund

Eversheds has been fined £3,000 plus £3,127 costs on two counts of making late payments into its company pension scheme. EIW Services (North East), the law firm’s Newcastle-based employment services company, pleaded guilty to eight charges of late payment. The charges were brought by the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority (Opra) at Newcastle-upon-Tyne magistrates court on […]

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