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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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Race for a new CPS

Maria Bamieh has won her case. There is institutional racism in the CPS, as a recent contributor to The Lawyer argued (24 May). Such a finding is welcome, not just to Ms Bamieh and our contributor but to the whole profession, which needs its structures to be scrupulously fair. It is not good enough for […]

Freshfields merges with German firm

Partners at Freshfields and German firm Deringer Tessin Herrmann & Sedemund have voted for a merger. The union will create a 267-partner firm to come into effect in January 2000, five months earlier than expected. The firms have been in a loose alliance since January 1998. Freshfields’ senior partner Anthony Salz says: “After a period […]

Family claim for High Court

Judgment is now pending in a bizarre legal battle at London’s High Court in which a firm of genealogists are fighting for the proceeds of sale of a school near Canterbury, Kent. The school was sold for £50,000 by Canterbury Diocesan Board of Finance (CDBF) in 1992. However, the site was originally conveyed to the […]

Bank challenged on property-based loan

Roger Pearson reports on a bid for the Lords to reject a bank’s claim to a charge placed on a property as security for a loan. A major challenge over the rights of banks and other lending institutions to claw back money by activating legal charges placed on property as security on a loan is […]

IT unlocks doors for conveyancing

The Government’s consultation paper in support of its manifesto promise to abolish gazumping has now been published. We know that legislation will be brought into effect probably at the beginning of the next Parliament in 2001 or there about. Many people are already working on the development of a seller’s pack concept and there is […]

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