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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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Law firms in Midlands struggle to pay wages

The senior partners at Birmingham’s top law firms have met to discuss how to tackle the “serious salary inflation” problem faced by Midlands firms. Wragge & Co’s John Crabtree, Pinsent Curtis’ Julian Tonks, Eversheds’ Birmingham senior partner Adrian Bland and Edge Ellison’s James Retallack were among those who met last week to consider how to […]

The Lawyer award winner gets top job

Another winner at this year’s The Lawyer Awards has netted a senior post – this time at Midlands commercial firm Lee Crowder. Birmingham commercial lawyer Andrew Sparrow has left his post as head of corporate services at Cartwright & Lewis to become an equity partner at Lee Crowder. Sparrow is the author of two interactive […]

Scuffle of the week

The US Justice Department and the tobacco companies. President Clinton is launching a multi-billion dollar lawsuit against cigarette firms to try to recover medical costs incurred as a result of smoking-related diseases. US Attorney General Janet Reno says the US taxpayer should no longer bear the estimated £13bn medical cost. Cigarette companies are labelling the […]

Legal Widow

It’s been an interesting two weeks with my boys. Deminimus, who is five, started at big school, and only lost his new red cap twice. The Lawyer, who is 40 this year, spent the fortnight completing a huge power station construction deal in London and lost just about everything – temper, thread, glasses and, most […]

Making virtual legislation into a reality

Fancy a Sony Nicam TV for £3? Well, you’re too late, at least if you want to buy one from a legitimate source, like Argos. Just a couple of weeks ago, Argos, the famous retailer, found itself on the raw end of the e-commerce revolution when thousands of people purchased TV sets from its website […]

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