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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.


Crouching tiger

Ireland’s race to bring its infrastructure into line with its post-boom economy means there is still plenty for projects lawyers to be getting on with. With the celebrated Celtic Tiger finally ­tiring, a continuing demand for infrastructure improvements is currently offering welcome relief for many of Ireland’s top-tier law firms. The country’s infrastructure deficit – […]

Business Court project allocated extra space

Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS) is to take more space in the Rolls Building to create London’s new Business Court after initially underestimating the amount of space needed. It has acquired the fifth floor of the building, which will be shared by the Royal Courts of Justice (RCJ) and the Tribunals Service. High Court director […]

City firms win roles on Government’s bank bailout

A raft of top City lawyers have been called on to advise on the Government’s £50bn bank rescue scheme. Some of the biggest names in the magic circle have been handed roles by established clients for what is, in effect, a partial nationalisation of the UK’s banks. Linklaters is advising two key clients, with banking […]


City firms move to safeguard client accounts

Several major City law firms are considering changing their terms of business in client engagement letters to take account of the current banking crisis. The firms, which spoke to The Lawyer on condition of anonymity, have indicated that the issue of safeguarding client accounts is actively under discussion. One magic circle partner said: “We expect […]

Duff advice

If Tulkinghorn casts his mind back he can still recall the global financial meltdown of the late 1920s and 1930s. Back then, of course, one could always find solace in a good book. But in these days of 24-hour news and 100-point headlines it is hard to distance oneself from events. And few people find […]

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