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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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The Mob, who have seen their favourite lawyer, Oscar Goodman, go into politics. The man who defended such Mafia figures as Meyer Lansky and Tony “The Ant” Spilotro, won a landslide victory in the race for mayor of Las Vegas. Goodman, who played himself in Martin Scorsese’s film Casino, has pledged to clean up Vegas… […]

Linklaters spearheads Dixons' foreign growth

Linklaters & Alliance and Norwegian firm Wikborg Rein & Company have landed work on Dixons’ first foray into Europe. Rupert Pearce, corporate partner at Linklaters, is leading a team of three lawyers advising Dixons on its £444m purchase of Norwegian retail group Elkjop. Einar Greve, corporate finance partner at Wikborg Rein, provided advice on domestic […]

Europhobia out of all proportion

In the week when British lawyers, along with the rest of the public, went to the polls to elect their European representatives using a new system of proportional representation designed in part to foster an interest in and commitment to the idea of a European Union, two successful British businesses were being attacked by their […]

Sydney firms get chance to float on stock market

The Australian legal market is facing a radical over-haul that will allow firms to abolish traditional partnership structures and float on the stock market. The New South Wales Law Society, which regulates Sydney firms, is expected to introduce new rules this week. They will allow firms to incorporate share profits with other professionals and raise […]

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