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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.


Luxembourg paves way for £20m suit against Government

PUBLIC sector contractors are one step closer to launching a £20 million legal action against the UK Government after a decision in Luxembourg ruled that wrongful implementation of EU directives was actionable. The Advocate General, handing down his opinion on a case over Spanish trawlermen suing the UK Government for the wrongful implementation of EU […]

City clients seek value for money

Big company clients are sticking with the City for their lawyers but are less loyal and are using more beauty parades, claims a recent study. According to research from Focus Consulting, over half of the respondent companies said advisers should pitch regularly for work. Sixty per cent said they had considered or are considering changing […]

Done in the name of Scientology

A major case against the Scientologists alleging a regime of imprisonment and violence on students who stepped out of line at their East Grinstead headquarters has recently been transferred to the High Court and is now pending. The Scientologists are being sued by two students from Zimbabwe who say they won scholarships to study with […]

The long road to Euro free trade

Last month there was a plenary meeting in Dresden of representatives from all the Bars and law societies of the European Economic Area – the member states of the EU, plus Norway and Iceland. The organisation bringing the legal professions of these countries together – the Council of Bars and Law Societies of the European […]

Family specialists launch one-stop shop in tune with divorce reforms

THREE major players in the family law arena have quit their practices to form a multidisciplinary matrimonial service offering legal advice, mediation and counselling. Brecher & Co’s Gillian Bishop, David Hodson, of Frere Cholmeley Bischoff, and The Simkins Partnership’s Sara Robinson – all heads of family law departments – have set up niche firm, Hodson […]

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