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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.


Sonnenschein appoints new Chicago chief

Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal has a new head for its Chicago headquarters. Robert Messerly succeeds co-heads James Klenk and Pamela Baker. Klenk became managing partner in 2000 and was joined by Baker in 2002. Messerly has been at the firm for 19 years and was most recently vice-chair of the national real estate group.

Glaxo scoops King & Spalding partner to head IP

GlaxoSmithKline has hired a new global head of IP, scooping King & Spalding partner Sherry Knowles. Knowles will join as senior vice president and global head of the corporate intellectual property division in September, replacing David Roberts who is retiring. Before qualifying as a lawyer, Knowles spent several years at SmithKline Beecham as a pharmaceutical […]

Court of Appeal cases fall as Lords continues apace

The number of cases reaching the Court of Appeal is continuing to drop, while the House of Lords remains busy with a slew of administrative and public law issues. Research carried out for The Lawyer UK 100 Annual Report 2006 shows that barristers in the UK’s top 30 sets appeared in the Court of Appeal […]

Geldards pokes head above bushel

Geldards had a tremendous year, with turnover hitting £25.9m (up by around 16 per cent) and its average profit up to £240,000. “Who?” you say. Geldards, based out of Wales and the East Midlands, is perhaps not the most glamorous firm, and is certainly not the most high profile, but lights can be hidden. You […]

Notts Law School: is there anyone there?

How ironic. Just days after CMS Cameron McKenna announced its decision to insist its trainees attend BPP Law School to study the LPC, Nottingham Law School announced the management team for its new London branch. But with the addition of Camerons to the ever-burgeoning list of sole-provider firms, that same management team may soon be […]

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