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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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Barclays unveils slimmed down corporate panel

Barclays’ corporate recovery department has chosen a new streamlined panel of firms in its latest cull of legal advisers. The panel, which has been trimmed down from 13 firms to five, comprises national firms Dibb Lupton Alsop and Hill Dickinson, international firm Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn HRK, Bristol-based Lawrence Tuckett and Watford practice Matthew Arnold […]

Manchester firm embarks on local poaching spree

Manchester-based 28 St John Street Chambers has poached five leading practitioners from local rivals. The new tenants will join the criminal and family departments this month, making the teams among the strongest in the city. The chambers at 40 King Street have been worst hit, losing Sonia Gal, a leading family practitioner, and Sally Harrison, […]

Rivals in the regions

With medium-sized firms picking up sizeable crumbs from what used to be the big boys’ table, what are Birmingham’s elite and other big Midlands outfits up to these days? Flavour of the month is Wragge & Co – at least from the local legal community’s point of view – with peers heaping lavish praise on […]

Firms capitalise on publishing sector

SJ Berwin, Freshfields and Clifford Chance are among a host of firms cashing in on the volatile publishing sector. SJ Berwin acted for international publishing house The Future Network on its #577.5m flotation on the London Stock Exchange. Its team was led by corporate finance partner Steven Davis and included corporate finance partners John Daghlian […]

Give reorganised CPS a chance

The profession should get behind the CPS following its shake-up, says the Attorney General, John Morris QC. Last month I announced the Government’s final response to the report by Sir Iain Glidewell on the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Although much work remains to be done on implementation, this is a key moment of transition, and […]

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