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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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Amnesty urges action over jailed Algerian lawyer

Amnesty International is calling on British lawyers to take “urgent action” on behalf of an Algerian lawyer jailed after a trial which Amnesty said “clearly violated international standards”. Human rights lawyer Rachid Mesli was sentenced to three years in prison in Algeria this month on charges of having “encouraged terrorism”. But Amnesty spokeswoman Aminah Magambo […]

In brief: Guide to race relations and religion in court

The Justices’ Clerks’ Society has produced a booklet in conjunction with the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders which advises magistrates courts on how to foster good race relations. The booklet, Race and Religion (right), contains advice on how to address people from different minority groups and gives information on the holy […]

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Legal aid partner jailed for 'wicked' green form fraud

THE FORMER head of a Lancashire firm dubbed a “den of thieves” by a Crown Court judge has been jailed for 15 months for defrauding the Legal Aid Board (LAB) of more than £1m. Gary Grosberg, whose firm Grosberg & Co was closed down by the Law Society in 1994, was found guilty of conspiracy […]

Head of IBA says sorry to Sri Lanka

International Bar Association president Desmond Fernando PC has apologised to the Sri Lankan judiciary after it objected to his attack on the country’s controversial criminal defamation law. Fernando launched his attack after a newspaper editor was convicted of criminal defamation. But his calls for the law to be abolished were condemned by the Sri Lankan […]

Simmons in Fried Frank joint venture

Simmons & Simmons is aiming to compete with the leading UK firms in international securities by forming a London-based joint venture with New York practice Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson. The venture – to be called the International Securities Unit – will be based in Simmons’ London office. It will be staffed by one […]

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