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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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Addleshaw Goddard has moved to bolster its real estate capability as the firm tries to capitalise on the booming market, poaching a Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) senior associate as a partner. Addleshaws has taken real estate finance lawyer James Salford, who will be based in the firm’s London office. Addleshaws finance and projects division head […]

Pinsents hires Brodies employment star

Pinsent Masons has hired partner Kirsty Ayre from Brodies to head its Scottish employment team. Ayre has experience advising clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters, including on religious and sexual orientation discrimination. Ayre joined Brodies in 2002 from Pinsent Curtis and became a partner in 2003. Her hire brings the number of partners in […]

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Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) is to put all of its partners through a rigorous internal training programme to improve their people- management skills. The move stems from BLP’s career development framework for associates and will see the partners put through five two-hour sessions over the next six months. BLP head of training and development Patrick […]

The Smoke gets in reprise

Ever a catalyst of progress in the legal world, City firms took note of The Lawyer’s In-House Interview last month (24 July), in which Bristol City Council legal head Stephen McNamara took a swipe at their macho, long-hours culture. But one firm rejected the charge entirely. So sure, in fact, of its innocence is a […]

Training

As City lawyers jet off for their summer holidays, training has remained a consistent story generator. Stories to hit The Lawyer’s headlines have included Clifford Chance‘s appointment of a ‘people partner’ to oversee career development, Norton Rose‘s decision to outsource its solicitor-advocate training to BPP Professional Development and Nottingham Law School’s plans to launch in […]

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