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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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Tribunals shake-up creates two-tier system

The Tribunals Service has undergone a radical shake-up today with the launch of a two-tier system. The new structure will see most of the current tribunal jurisdictions transferred into either the First-Tier or Upper Tribunal. Justice minister Bridget Prentice said the overhaul, which implements a key part of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, […]

A&O, Addleshaws act on fourth building society merger

A&O and Addleshaws have squared up on a fourth building society deal, A&O advising Skipton on its takeover of Addleshaws client Scarborough. Allen & Overy (A&O) and Addleshaw Goddard have faced each other on a fourth building society deal, with the former advising Skipton Building Society’s on its takeover of Addleshaws client Scarborough Building Society. […]

SJ Berwin settles on three US best friends

SJ Berwin has compiled a definitive list of US best friends after several years of planning, choosing to focus on its relationships with three firms. The firms on the roster are New York’s Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, Silicon Valley’s Cooley Godward Kronish and Boston-headquartered Goodwin Procter. An SJ Berwin source said: “We looked […]

Gay and free?

During the downturn associates have some tough choices to make. To sit tight or move to an office in a busier jurisdiction? Which is an even tougher choice to make when you’re gay. During the downturn associates have some tough choices to make. Whether to invest in retraining or focus on core specialisms? How to […]

Iceland banking saga hands A&O, 2Birds roles on Kaupthing UK sale

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Bird & Bird are the latest firms to win instructions resulting from Iceland’s banking crisis, acting on the sale of Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander’s (KSF) UK investment management business. KSF, the UK arm of Icelandic bank Kaupthing, has been put into administration by ­regulators in the UK. The bank turned […]

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