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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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US firms stake City future on organic growth

US firms in London are ramping up their trainee schemes as the lateral recruitment market in the City begins to run dry. Shearman & Sterling has boosted its trainee intake by 80 per cent, from 10 in 2006 to 18 in 2007, while rival US firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton plans to increase its […]

How do I build a future in IP?

I’m a 2 year PQE IP associate at a nice firm but I feel like I am kind of going nowhere and am worried that I may be sidelined as the firm is focusing on corporate and finance. Question: I’m a 2 year PQE IP associate at a nice firm but I feel like I […]

Olswang hikes real estate with Speechly capture

Olswang is continuing its real estate expansion by boosting its planning and regeneration practice with a new head of planning recruited from Speechly Bircham. Richard Keczkes will join Olswang on 1 November, replacing associate and head of planning Alison Askwith, who will remain at Olswang as part of a larger team that will include two […]

Norton Rose cements easyJet links with BA takeover

Norton Rose has consolidated its position as corporate adviser for budget-airline easyJet in its £103.5m purchase of British Airways (BA) franchisee GB Airways. Norton Rose has traditionally been easyJet’s corporate adviser and has remained in this position despite being only one of 10 firms appointed to Easyjet’s legal panel in July 2007. The panel also […]

Berryman staff to benefit from new three-pronged training programme

Berryman is revamping its training programme and aims to sell itself on a renewed reputation for training its lawyers and staff. The firm is introducing a three-pronged strategy that comprises a training programme for non-legal staff, a career development programme for qualified lawyers and a new regime for trainees, who will now be required to […]

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