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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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For a firm lacking a wide network of ­overseas offices, a surprising number of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s clients are ­international. PILLSBURYRescue of Thelen lawyers adds international nous For a firm lacking a wide network of ­overseas offices, a surprising number of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s clients are ­international. As the firm’s executive vice-chairman Steve […]

Winning lines

Awards ceremonies are difficult to deal with for the losers, but ­sometimes even harder for the winners – especially if you’re a barrister. All that pressure to come up with a speech that does your ­oratorical skills justice can sometimes prove too much. The perfect acceptance speech is short, funny and, most importantly, not embarrassing […]

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Bates Wells partner in Busta Rhymes v police gun showdown

Bates Wells & Braithwaite partner Philip Trott is launching a complaint against the police after he was separated from rapper client Busta Rhymes at gunpoint. Bates Wells & Braithwaite immigration partner Philip Trott is launching a complaint against the police after he was separated from rapper client Busta Rhymes at gunpoint. The incident occurred when […]

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Barclays, HBOS face £850m law suit

Barclays and HBOS are about to be hit by mortgage litigation costing a possible £850m, following changes to the rules on consumer loans. Hilary Messer, a partner at South East firm RWP Solicitors, is drawing up plans to sue the two major banks on behalf of the 8,500 people who took out zero interest housing […]

The Rule of Law

Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) often makes headlines in the UK. Most recently the Government’s plans to extend the time limit for detention without charge to 42 days took a knock after the Council of Europe raised doubts about its compatibility with the legislation. But 42 days is nothing compared […]

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