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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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Wilde Sapte's Paris knock

The two remaining partners and six assistants in Wilde Sapte’s Paris office are understood to be joining the 45-lawyer Paris office of US firm Wilkie Farr & Gallagher. Richard Macklin and Olivier Tordjman had spent several months deciding whether to stay at the firm or follow asset finance partner Thomas McDonald’s lead and join up […]

White & Case in bank talks

White & Case is seeking regulatory approval from the US Federal Reserve for Deutsche Bank’s proposed takeover of Bankers Trust. The White & Case team is led by Duane Wall and includes Kevin Barnard, Elaine Johnston, Donald Madden, Maureen Brundage and Kathleen Scott.

Italy faces court action by EC over lawyers' aptitude tests. By Keith Nuthall

THE EUROPEAN Commission is threatening to take Italy to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for making it too difficult for foreign lawyers to practise Italian law there. The commission has written to the Italian government accusing it of breaching a longstanding EU directive, requiring member states to allow foreign lawyers to practise the states’ […]

Carter-Ruck launches no win-no fee plan

Leading libel firm Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners is set to spark a huge upsurge in defamation cases against the media by announcing a new no win-no fee policy. The firm, founded by the doyen of libel law, Peter Carter-Ruck, will this week announce that clients who begin defamation will not have to pay fees if […]

In brief: Corporate partner takes top post at Speechlys

City firm Speechly Bircham has elected corporate partner Michael Lingens as its new managing partner. The 40-partner firm has just posted record turnover and profits and will be moving to new purpose-built offices near Holborn Circus. Lingens said the firm had decided to concentrate on seven key areas, including corporate, tax and employment.

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