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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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Sports boutiques forge transatlantic alliance

New York firm Dreier has signed an alliance with London boutique SK Sport and Entertainment to advise US sports figures in the UK and Europe. The two firms celebrated their alliance with a gala party last week, where lawyers mixed with linebackers from American football teams New York Giants and Miami Dolphins before their match […]

Communication breakdown

The pages of The Lawyer may be awash with partner moves, but the one that had tongues wagging the most last week – at Tulkinghorn Towers at least – was that of Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) global head of communications, David Crundwell. The global supremo director of pretty much all information coming in and out […]

Wedlake Bell handed Edwin Hill sale role

Wedlake Bell was instructed by commercial property agency Edwin Hill on its £26.9m sale to Canadian property and professional services company Altus Group. Corporate partners Tony Lane and Tim Bird acted for Edwin Hill alongside corporate tax partner Robin Dabydeen. Altus Group received advice from in-house counsel Rose Oushalkas as well as Bird & Bird […]

James George: Nabarro

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