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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.


EAPD follows growth plan with Hong Kong launch

Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge (EAPD) is to launch in Hong Kong tomorrow (1 October) through an association with newly-created local firm Lister Swartz. EAPD’s corporate and regulatory insurance partner Martin Lister has set up the new firm with Hong Kong lawyer Kristi Swartz, who ran independent firm Swartz Solicitors. EAPD managing partner Walter Reed […]

Irwin Mitchell spruces up training contract with central funds

Irwin Mitchell is to centralise its first-year training budget as part of a wider overhaul of the firm’s ­training strategy. Traditionally the firm gave trainees six-month trial periods in four seats over two years. Now trainees will spend four months in three seats for the first year before choosing to specialise in the second year. […]

Ashurst steers clear of US domestic legal market with Middle East and Asia drive

Ashurst steers clear of US domestic legal market with Middle East and Asia drive” />Ashurst’s new senior partner elect Charlie Geffen is to stake the firm’s future on the Middle East and Asia and has ruled out competing in the US with domestic firms. Geffen’s ;policy ;line will follow closely that of ­outgoing senior partner […]

Pillsbury raids Thelen a second time in three days

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman has rapidly followed up its raid on Thelen’s China practice (, 29 September) with the hire of two more of the firm’s lawyers. Michael Jaffe and Ronan McHugh, two Thelen construction litigators joined Pillsbury’s Washington, DC office today (1 October) as partner and counsel respectively. “Michael and Ronan bring top-tier construction […]

Linklaters follows magic circle pack with plans for Abu Dhabi opening

Linklaters follows magic circle pack with plans for Abu Dhabi opening” />Linklaters is developing plans to launch an office in Abu Dhabi in response to client demands. The magic circle firm’s Emerging Europe, Middle East and North Africa (Eemena) head Nick Eastwell confirmed that an Abu Dhabi office was part of ­Linklaters’ plan for the […]

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