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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.


UK group's true feelings on MDPs

I write as head of the UK delegation to the CCBE and refer to your article ‘Defiance or Alliance’ (The Lawyer, 10 January). In particular, that portion which isolates the position on Europe, under that name, is in error where it states that the CCBE’s vote in favour of a ban on MDPs was unanimous, […]

Denton Wilde hit by Tokyo collapse

Denton Wilde Sapte has been left reeling after the collapse of Denton Hall’s Tokyo office, as revealed on The Lawyer’s website (26 January). Herbert Smith has raided the office and is establishing its first operation in the city. Managing partner David Lewis, the only partner in the office, is taking 10 assistants and support staff […]

Corporate manslaughter laws to be reviewed

The hearing, earmarked for early February, is expected to decide what level of proof is required to successfully charge a negligent company with manslaughter. The court will look into the decision by Mr Justice Scott Baker who last year cleared Great Western Trains fir its part in the Southall rail smash which killed seven people. […]

Osborne Clarke boosts planning

Osborne Clarke has poached the head of environmental and planning law from Bristol firm Lyons Davidson. Kevin Gibbs will join the firm’s Bristol office next month. Osborne Clarke’s environmental group currently has one other partner, Alan John. He will remain its head. John says: “Kevin’s experience will complement and broaden the service we provide. We […]

European ruling

UK property law is increasingly being influenced by European law. Allyson Colby, Suzanne Lloyd Holt, Lee Nuttall and Mark Dakeyne analyse the potential impact of the four changes to UK legislation coming into force this year. The Human Rights Act UK property law will soon be subject to scrutiny by reference to European standards on […]

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