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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.


The work-life quiz Juan Picón

What was your first-ever job?Teaching tennis and skiing at university. Name: Juan Picón Firm: DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary Position: Regional managing partner, Spain Lives: Madrid, Serrano Education: Law and economics degree, ICADe (1987). LLM in European Community law from Université Libre de Bruxelles (1989) Work history: 1987: In-house legal counsel, Banco Santander 1988: Associate, […]

The same old story

Law firms will never learn. If you turn the clock back to the 1990’s economic boom, you’ll find that firms were experiencing exactly the same problem. Work was flooding through the doors, but there weren’t enough associates to staff the deals. In some cases firms were so frantic that they had to turn deals away. […]

BLP sees gambling sector as a good bet

All the furore and scandal currently surrounding online gambling might give some lawyers a few moments’ pause before continuing to act in the sector. It certainly did for Mischon de Reya, which got cold feet and dumped troubled BetonSports as a client early in the year. But it hasn’t been enough to stop some firms. […]

Govt legal head joins Bank of England

The Bank of England has a new senior lawyer. Juliet Wheldon, who has been Treasury Solicitor and head of the Government Legal Service since 2000, has replaced Len Berkowitz, who has held the post from early 2005. Paul Jenkins, a solicitor who has previously worked in the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department […]

Pinsents boosts Manchester with Halliwells hire

Pinsent Masons has boosted its Manchester office, scooping corporate partner Chris Moss from Halliwells Moss is Pinsent Masons’ second Manchester corporate hire in seven days, following Hammonds’ local head of corporate Stephen Levy’s move last week. Moss specialises in M&A and corporate transactions including management buy-outs and flotations. Moss spent less than one year at […]

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