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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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In brief: Survey uncovers firms' desire to find suitors

A third of law firms intend to merge in the next three years owing to a “hostile ” environment, according to nationwide research carried out by London Business School (LBS). A survey of 170 firms of five partners or more by LBS Professor Tim Morris revealed that firms feared increasing competition from rival law firms […]

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Govt faces pressure to close legal aid divorce “loophole'

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