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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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Sydney partner pay exceeds A$1m mark

Average pay for Sydney-based partners in Australia’s largest firms has broken through the A$1m (£410,440) barrier for the first time, according to a new salary survey. The survey by Mahlab Recruitment found that average partner remuneration at top-tier firms in Sydney was A$1.04m (£412,000). The top tier includes Australia’s ‘big six’ of Allens Arthur Robinson, […]

International arbitration needs coordination

The international arbitration market is booming. It offers a highly effective means of resolving cross-border disputes away from litigation in national courts. Effective dispute resolution is important to the risk assessment and investment appraisal of a transaction. If litigating in another country will entail high costs, delays and an unpredictable process, leading to a ‘bad’ […]

Norton Rose raids A&O to ramp up Paris and Milan practices

Norton Rose raids A&O to ramp up Paris and Milan practices” />Norton Rose has made a dual raid on Allen & Overy‘s (A&O) European banking practice with the hire of new partners in Paris and Milan. Asset finance specialist Luc Rentmeesters joins Norton Rose’s French office in mid-September after eight years as a partner at […]

Leo Abse hires Welsh-speaking lawyer duo

South Wales firm Leo Abse & Cohen has hired two solicitors to reaffirm its commitment to practising in Welsh. Awen Mellick joins the 14-partner firm’s wills and estates group from Gwent-based Gabb and Co and Dylan Roberts joins the commercial team from Eversheds‘ Cardiff office. Managing partner Ian Hopkins commented: “Other firms will have Welsh […]

Silks’ fleet plunder

Herbies mole. “It’s happened to me quite a few times. We had a particularly bad batch a few years back.” He went on to theorise that the pens, made in China, didn’t travel well. “They’ve been shipped to headquarters in London, shipped back to us in Asia, and by the time we take them on […]

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