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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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Show evidence of RUC's guilt

Write to: The Editor, The Lawyer, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, fax 0171 970 4640, e-mail lawyer.edit@chiron.co.uk, DX44700 Soho Square. THE MURDER of Rosemary Nelson was wicked and tragic. It was unfortunate, therefore, that you should accuse the Royal Ulster Constabulary of harassment without providing evidence to support the allegation (The Lawyer, 22 March). […]

Stephensons boss quits for Greek job

Stephenson Harwood’s senior partner, David Slade, is due to step down this week to return to his Greek shipping practice and develop the client base. Slade will be based in the Piraeus office near Athens, where he will continue to expand the practice and build on work from the Croatian shipping industry. His replacement has […]

Scottish Legal Aid Board suspends senior

A SENIOR member of the Scottish Legal Aid Board (SLAB) has been suspended. The person, who has not been identified, was suspended on full pay pending the outcome of an investigation into the SLAB’s accounts assessment procedures. SLAB chairman Jean Couper says: “This issue is of utmost concern to the board and we have immediately […]

Councils to judge the judiciary

Neil Addison says UK judges’ appointments and disciplinary procedures should be compared and adjusted to Canadian rather than US law. Neil Addison is a barrister in Cathedral Chambers, Newcastle. Following the “Hoffmann Affair” the issue of how judges are appointed and disciplined is again under discussion. The incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights […]

New Denton Hall chief plans support shake-up

Denton Hall’s newly elected UK managing partner is making her mark by introducing sweeping ref-orms to the firm’s support services. Virginia Glastonbury, deputy managing partner to managing partner Jon-athan Tatten, who decided not to stand for re-election, says: “There will be a total review across the board.” Those support services likely to come under the […]

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