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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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Linklaters gets $800m strike-out

Linklaters has won a round for client Ernst & Young in its battle with the BCCI liquidator, Deloitte & Touche which is being represented by Lovell White Durrant following Mr Justice Laddie’s strike-out of $800m from a $3.4bn negligence claim. Judge Laddie struck out another $1.8bn of the claim last year, but it was reinstated […]

Duty solicitor scheme set for shake-up in LAB review

Firms without legal aid franchises may be excluded from undertaking duty solicitor police station work as part of a major shake-up of the scheme planned for the summer. The Legal Aid Board (LAB) is to embark on a three-month review of the scheme this week in response to claims from firms with criminal law franchises […]

What price the pursuit of fiscal crime?

John Rhodes believes the British government should think twice before attempting to extend money laundering legislation to fiscal offences in offshore jurisdictions. John Rhodes is a partner at city law firm Macfarlanes. No-one objects to laws which help to identify and thwart drug barons. But by planning to introduce legislation against money laundering in offshore […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Matthew Martin

Matthew Martin was born in 1966 in Hertfordshire. He works for Manches & Co as a corporate finance solicitor. What was your first job? Slating the roof of Kim Wilde’s barn. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £15,000. What would you have done if you hadn’t become a lawyer? Played right back […]

Bacfi gives scant praise to rights of audience victory

Barristers employed in industry are claiming a hollow victory after the Bar Council agreed to give them rights of audience in the higher courts but laid down strict requirements preventing many from taking advantage of them. At its meeting on 21 March the Bar Council voted to give employed barristers the same limited higher court […]

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