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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.



There’s something a bit smug about Allen & Overy (A&O), Link-laters & Alliance and Clifford Chance when they talk about European medium-term note (MTN) programmes. Not only have they captured the market, but they are now squeezing out the competition. Voluntarily or involuntarily, competitors are deciding not to attack the market. Instead, they are pulling […]

In the firing line

When the bar’s immunity from being sued was abolished, many feared that claims would spiral out of all control, but Brendan Malkin finds the floodgates have not opened – at least not yet The decision in Hall Simons was heralded as a defining moment in the history of the bar. A barrister’s immunity from being […]

Osmosis extraordinaire

Mark Stephens, the media luvvie extraordinaire (sorry, that should be media lawyer extraordinaire), has been having a little bit of a problem with his siblings of late.It seems that our Mr Stephens has annoyed his sister with the effortless zeal with which he seems to achieve things. Not through any fault of his own, you […]

NE merry-go-round as Read Hind partner quits

Leeds firm Read Hind Stewart has lost one of its most senior partners Andrew Laycock to Leeds and Hull firm Garwood Devine. He will be replaced by Halliwell Landau Manchester insolvency partner Oliver Nelson.Laycock was a partner at Read Hind for about a decade. At the time he left he was one of the three […]

Hammonds lures Eversheds partner

Hammond Suddards Edge’s Birmingham office is poaching a high-profile senior employment partner from rival firm Eversheds. David Beswick will run the employment department in Hammonds’ Birmingham office, where there are currently two partners.A third partner, Julia Edwards, is on gardening leave; she plans to join Eversheds’ Birmingham office in the autumn.Beswick, who has been at […]

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